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.
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."
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.