When I woke up yesterday, I saw the alerts for a one alarm warehouse fire. At 10:00am that's not something I'm really thinking will affect my evening shift. So I continued making calls and planning on other story ideas. But as the day went on, the alarms went up, and the smoke rising above the city make me realize, this was big, and would probably be my story for the night.
That's probably the number one question I get asked, do I know what I'm going to be reporting on. And the answer is no. Sometimes I have an idea. Sometimes I have something set up, but breaking news can happen at any moment and throw that whole plan out the window. This was one of those days. And this was a story that affected so many people. Not only the businesses who lost everything inside. But also the fire fighters who've battled the fire for more than 24 hours. The people who live anywhere near this fire have been breathing in this smoke and wondering when it will go away. It's a huge story. One that needed multiple reporters to cover multiple angles.
And even within the day, the plan changes. I was covering the angle of the authors who's books went up in flames. The publisher, Reedy Press, stored books in the warehouse. It's a St. Louis based press with mostly local authors. Authors who were planning on selling those books during the busy holiday season. It's a huge loss. But at 8:00 we learned that the toys for the Shriner's Hospital Christmas party were also inside the warehouse. So at 8:00 we had to switch gears again. We shortened my author story, and got in the car to drive out to Creve Coeur to get an interview. We put it together in the car and made it to the warehouse for our 10:00 live shot. During breaking news, you just have to go with the flow, because often times your plan is going to go up in smoke.
The other big question we've had since yesterday, is how can we help?
Right now we are still learning so much about this fire, but here are a few ways you can help.
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