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Bridgeton Landfill
9:09 am
Thu July 3, 2014

State Concerned About Potential For Surface Fire At Bridgeton Landfill

In this diagram of landfill infrastructure, temperature monitoring probes (TMPs), gas interceptor wells (GIWs), and gas extraction wells (GEWs) are all labeled by number.
Credit Map provided by the Missouri Department of Natural Resources

Updated 7/3/14 with a link to the state's finalized Incident Management Plan for the Bridgeton Landfill.

State agency officials are concerned that the underground fire at the Bridgeton Landfill could break through to the surface.

That scenario was raised in a recent memo by landfill fire expert Todd Thalhamer, who has been consulting for the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

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Bridgeton and West Lake Landfills
8:24 pm
Sun March 2, 2014

Confused About The Bridgeton And West Lake Landfills? Here's What You Should Know

This radiation warning sign is posted on the perimeter fence of the West Lake Landfill in Bridgeton, Mo.
Credit Sarah Skiold-Hanlin, St. Louis Public Radio

On Friday morning, NPR reported that 13 employees at the only dedicated nuclear waste dump in the U.S. had inhaled radioactive material after a major accident earlier this month.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

In Wake Of Four-Alarm Servco Fire, A Discussion About Cold-Weather Fire Safety

St. Louis firefighters jump from a loading dock to escape flames at a warehouse in downtown St. Louis on December 16, 2013.
UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Last Monday, more than eighty firefighters from the St. Louis Fire Department responded to a four-alarm fire at the Servco warehouse in downtown St. Louis.

In the end, no one was injured in the blaze, but the warehouse was destroyed. For Greg Gates, whose family owns the building, more than a building was lost.

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West Lake Landfill
6:22 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

EPA Considering Landfill Fires In Re-evaluating What To Do With Radioactive Waste In Bridgeton

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.
Missouri Department of Natural Resources

This isn't the first time a fire has smoldered underground at the landfill in Bridgeton.

The Missouri Coalition for the Environment says another subsurface fire burned there in 1993.

They found a reference to that fire in an old report related to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's management of radioactive waste at the landfill.

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St. Louis Life
3:40 pm
Fri August 9, 2013

Midtown Apartments Devastated By Five-Alarm Fire Reopen

The newly rebuilt and reopened 3949 Lindell apartments.
(Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

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.

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Joplin Mosque
2:23 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Only Joplin, Mo. mosque burns to the ground, cause of fire unknown

Prayer rugs lined the floor of the Joplin Islamic Center in 2009; the mosque burned to the ground on August 6, 2012.
(Jennifer Davidson/KSMU)

KSMU's Jennifer Davidson reported for this story.

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.

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Developing: Fire
9:35 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Five-alarm fire in Midtown apartment building

A photo of 3949 Lindell Ave. ablaze around 8 p.m. July 17, 2012.
(via Doug Weber)

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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."

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Hellbender Song
2:16 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Endangered hellbender salamander inspires song

Adult Ozark hellbenders can reach up to two feet in length.
(Jeff Briggler, Missouri Department of Conservation)

You may remember our story about the St. Louis Zoo successfully breeding an endangered giant salamander. Now the hellbender is being honored in song:

The St. Louis band FIRE DOG is offering its hellbender song as a free download on Sunday in honor of Earth Day.

In the meantime, here are the lyrics:

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Doe Run
12:54 pm
Tue March 20, 2012

Doe Run assessing damage after early morning fire

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Several Jefferson County fire departments responded to a blaze early Tuesday morning at the Doe Run Company’s primary smelter in Herculaneum.

Company officials say there were no injuries and they are now assessing damage.

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Fire
5:12 pm
Thu December 8, 2011

6-story building burns near downtown St. Louis

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.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

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.

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