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Fire destroys under-construction condos in south STL

The fire could be seen for miles, with reports that flames shot 75 feet into the air (photo by Bill Michalski, Shaw resident)

By Tom Weber, KWMU

St. Louis, MO – No one was hurt this morning, but a mult-million dollar condo development in south St. Louis was destroyed by a four-alarm fire.

The Compton Gate Condominiums at Grand and Flad were destroyed; the project was to bring more 30 upscale condos and six town homes to the Shaw neighborhood. The project website lists units for sale between $238,000-$395,000.

Fire Department spokesman Steve Simpson says the fire was hot enough to melt nearby street lights and even the lights on the fire trucks once they arrived. Grass that had been planted in the median of Grand Blvd. was also on fire when crews arrived, Simpson said.

The building is a total loss, but developer Ken Neurenberger told KWMU he plans to rebuild, once insurance companies are called. He said at least eight of the units had already been sold, and tenants were to have moved in as early as September.

Alderman Steve Conway (8th Ward) says Compton Gate has been an exciting development for the Shaw neighbhorhood, which he represents. But he also says he thinks rebuilding is very possible.

"I had personally toured that site last week," Conway said this morning. "The infrastructure, it was an underground garage - all concrete - but that should all have remained intact."

The development is at Grand and Flad. Both directions of Grand were closed for most of the morning.


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