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Firefighter Lisa Brinker pulled off some of her bunker gear and poured cold water slowly over her neck in an effort to cool down her body temperature as a large crew of firefighters battled a fire at Propst Auto Service on Industrial Drive.

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Mid-Missouri has become a tinderbox

With the Fourth of July less than a week away, fire officials around Cole County are warning Mid-Missourians about the deadly combination of hot, dry weather conditions and the use of fireworks and outdoor burning.

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