Death, serious injuries reported in multiple St. Louis fires on Friday

An elderly woman was killed, a fire captain injured, an apartment resident seriously hurt

Alex Degman
February 21, 2020 - 9:18 pm

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) -- An elderly woman is dead following a fire in far south St. Louis early Friday afternoon. The occupant of an apartment in a different part of south St. Louis was severely injured Friday night.

Chief Dennis Jenkerson says they responded to the 3700 block of Robert in the Boulevard Heights neighborhood, about halfway between Loughborough and Germania, around noon Friday.

"Most of the fire was in the front room," Jenkerson told KMOX. "They started what's called a primary search, looking through the building. They found an elderly female toward the back of the house in close proximity to the bathroom."

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Jenkerson believes the fire was accidental -- it's so far unclear if the home had a working smoke detector.

The fire department later posted on Twitter that a fire captain received non life threatening injuries and was taken to the hospital, they've since been released.

Friday night shortly after 7:00, another south city fire -- this one in a multi-story apartment building in the 7000 block of Nottingham Ave. close to the border with Shrewsbury. The department says smoke was showing from a fire in a basement apartment, one occupant was taken to the hospital with serious injuries.

It's unclear how that blaze started.

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