Morning News Round-up
9:44 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Thursday, August 18, 2011

A fire hose.
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St. Charles house fire claims fourth victim

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.

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Carondelet Park
5:40 pm
Tue June 7, 2011

Carondelet Park Grand Stand destroyed by fire

St. Louis firefighters dig through the rubble of a historic bandstand looking for hot spots after a fire destroyed the structure in Carondelet Park in St. Louis on June 7. The bandstand was built in 1898, and was fully involved when firefighters arrived.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Carondelet Park Grand Stand burned to the ground today. A spokesman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says it’s considered a total loss.

Built in 1898, the stand was used for Sunday concerts and rented out for picnics.

Firefighters got the call shortly after 2 p.m. There’s no word on the cause of the fire.

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East St. Louis
11:49 am
Fri March 25, 2011

East St. Louis allowed to re-hire 11 firefighters, hire 11 more thanks to federal grant

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The East St. Louis Fire Department will soon be able to bolster their efforts and staffing with a federal grant, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

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Admiral Fire
12:09 pm
Fri January 21, 2011

Admiral riverboat fire under control quickly

St. Louis firefighters try to determine the origin of smoke coming from the top of the Admiral riverboat in St. Louis on Jan. 22, 2011. Workers using cutting torches may have ignited old grease from a kitchen vent (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The Admiral riverboat was the site of a two-alarm fire today which was quickly brought under control by firefighters.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the blaze may have been started in some grease-coated ductwork by a worker's torch when he was cutting through the duct material.

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Fire at Gratiot and Theresa
4:02 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Cutting torch possible cause of fire at empty warehouse near Gratiot and Theresa

The view of the fire from Twitter user @Joule. Taken from the Doisy Research Center at Grand and Choteau.
(Twitter user @Joule)

UPDATED 4:46 p.m. Dec. 15, 2010:

KSDK is reporting that the fire was in an unoccupied, one-story, brick warehouse near Gratiot and Theresa.

They also report that a cutting torch, perhaps being used for workers to ready the space for a new occupant, is to blame for the blaze.

From earlier:

A large fire has been reported near the Steelcoate building near Chouteau Ave. and Grand Blvd.  We'll keep you updated as we confirm more about this story.

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