This map from May, 2013, shows part of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton. The underground fire is shaded in red, the radioactive waste in orange. The 1993 fire was in the north quarry, closer to the radioactive waste.
A Midtown apartment building that was heavily damaged by a massive fire in July 2012 has re-opened.The fire at 3949 Lindell displaced several hundred people. There were no human fatalities, though several pets were killed.
The cause of the fire was never determined, though officials do not believe it was suspicious. City fire chief Dennis Jenkerson says the new building goes above and beyond fire code.
The only mosque in Joplin, Mo. has burned to the ground. The cause of the fire is still unknown. The loss of property leaves the Islamic community there without a place of worship in its most sacred time of the year, Ramadan.
The imam of the mosque, Imam Lahmuddin, had only finished leading the special “Taraweeh” night prayers a few hours before he was awakened by a phone call from the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. That prayer takes place every night around 10:00 during the month of Ramadan.
A photo of 3949 Lindell Ave. ablaze around 8 p.m. July 17, 2012.
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A five alarm fire burns into the night at an apartment complex in Midtown St. Louis on July 17, 2012.
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St. Louis firefighters work to contain a fire on the roof of an apartment building during a five alarm fire in St. Louis on July 17, 2012. Nearly 200 apartments in the complex were involved after a fire spread throughout the roof of the buildings.
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A view from a distance of the five-alarm fire in a St. Louis apartment building on July 17, 2012.
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A close-up view from across the street of the fire at 3949 Lindell Blvd. in St. Louis.
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Firefighters try to stay cool while battling a five-alarm blaze at 3949 Lindell Blvd, near Lindell and Vandeventer. Two firefighters were treated for heat exhaustion while working in 90+ degree temperatures.
Updated 3:45 p.m. City fire chief Dennis Jenkerson says the cause of the fire is not suspicious, and building appears to be up to code:
"The question that came up was the draft stops up in the attic, and in reviewing the plans, and also we sent firefighters over there this morning and we went up in the attics of the remaining buildings, and all buildings had the draft stops as required. This was just a very hot and quick-moving fire."
St. Louis firefighters check an adjoining building during a five-alarm fire in downtown St. Louis on Dec. 8, 2011. The six story, vacant building is a complete loss as 125 firefighters fought the stubborn blaze for five hours.
Fire officials in St. Louis are trying to determine the cause of a blaze in a vacant six-story building near downtown.
The fire broke out before noon Thursday. There were no reports of injuries, though the St. Louis Post-Dispatch website reported that what was believed to be homeless people were seen fleeing the building. By early afternoon, the fire was under control.
A tragic house fire in St. Charles has claimed the life of a 4th victim. 8-year-old Quentin Gresham died early this morning, following the deaths of his father, mother and younger sister earlier this week.
As the St. Louis Post Dispatch reports, the lone survivor of the deadly blaze is 11-year-old Robert Zwilling, who escaped by jumping out a second-floor window.