By Ozark First:

A strip mall owned by a church received damage and a firefighter was injured Thursday in a fire in Forsyth, Mo.

According to Forsyth Fire Chief Nathan Bower, the call came in at 4:30 p.m. at 111 Coy Blvd in Forsyth. The fire caused extensive damage to the building and part of the roof collapsed.

The firefighter injured has been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Forsyth Fire Chief.

“Other responding agencies have been checking in. Obviously, they’re concerned. All you know, is our personnel and our firefighter, obviously, that, you know, life is is a big, uh, big issue. And concern to them, um, because the emergency services are like family. So they really do call out as well as our community,” said Chief Nathan Bower.

It took firefighters about an hour and a half to get the fire under control, but the building was empty so no one was injured except the firefighter.

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