A well-known Kirkwood eatery may be closed for a few days after an electrical fire shut it down Sunday morning.
Firefighters were called to the Texas Roadhouse restaurant in the 1200 block of Kirkwood Road a little before 11:00 a.m.
Kirkwood fire Chief Tom Openlander said it appeared the fire started in a neon sign that sits high on the side of the restaurant facing Lindbergh Boulevard. He said it was fortunate timing because the fire was spotted quickly and before the restaurant had opened.
The fire did minor damage above the roof line.
A man now faces four murder charges in connection to the fire in southern Illinois that left four children dead.
Police say 33-year-old Derrick Twardoski is responsible for the fatal blaze. The fire broke out just before 2 this morning in Percy.
The victims were identified as 12-year-old Ethan Owen, and his siblings 9-year-old Kailey, and 5-year-old twins Brandon and Landon. Their parents and cousin survived.
Percy is a village in a rural area with a popaulation of about 1,000 people. It is about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis.
FARMINGTON, Mo. (AP) - A 22-year-old Farmington, Missouri man is badly burned, and may face criminal charges, after a fire at his apartment was blamed on a methamphetamine lab.
The Daily Journal reports that the fire broke out last week in Farmington. A man in the apartment suffered serious burns to his face and arms.
Witnesses contacted police early Wednesday after seeing burning clothes on the sidewalk and a nude man running from the scene. The man was not found immediately but was eventually tracked down in St. Louis, where he sought treatment at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.
Inside the burned apartment, police found equipment that appeared to be remnants of a meth lab.
Police are planning to charge the man with first-degree arson.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of a two-alarm fire that shut down a busy St. Louis County roadway for several hours Sunday evening. Flames and smoke from the fire along Dr. Martin Luther King Drive in Wellston could be seen for miles.
King Drive was closed just west of Kielien for about four hours while firefighters from seven departments battled the blaze.
The fire destroyed a warehouse on the site of an old car dealership.
Fire officials say the building was vacant, and no one was hurt.
St. Louis firefighters were forced to evacuate a burning home on Theodosia in north St. Louis this morning. One person inside the home has died. Details to follow.
WEST, Texas (AP) — The mayor of a Texas town where a fertilizer plant explosion injured more than 100 people says some firefighters who were battling a blaze when the blast happened aren't accounted for.
West Mayor Tommy Muska says there were five or six volunteer firefighters battling the blaze at the West Fertilizer plant when the explosion happened just before 8 p.m. Wednesday.
Muska, who is a volunteer firefighter himself, says not all of his fellow firefighters are accounted for. He says the blast knocked his helmet off and shattered the windows of his nearby home.
Authorities say an unknown number of people were killed in the blast, which leveled buildings for blocks in every direction.
Firefighters remain on the scene of a smokey fire that's destroyed a metro-east salvage yard. Cahokia fire officials say the blaze broke out about 2:30 Monday afternoon at Marty's Salvage Yard in the 2000 block of Camp Jackson Road.
Burning tires and auto parts created a huge column of black smoke that could be seen for miles. The thick smoke prompted authorities to bring in HazMat crews.
Firefighters could remain at the scene all night as they deal with hot spots.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Cahokia Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Robbins says there were two minor injuries -- a salvage yard worker and a firefighter who suffered smoke inhalation.
FORT OSAGE, Mo. (AP) - A 47-year-old assistant Fort Osage fire chief has died in crash on his way to a fire in rural Jackson County.
The Kansas City Star reports that Harold Hollingsworth, a 16-year veteran with Fort Osage, was driving to a fire during a severe thunderstorm Sunday night when his fire department SUV slid off the road and hit a tree.
Todd Farley, an assistant fire chief with the Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, say it's the first time a Fort Osage firefighter has died in the line of duty.
Fort Osage is a town of about 7,000 about 30 miles east of Kansas City. The Missouri State Highway Patrol is investigating.
Funeral arrangements were pending Monday.
A reward of up to $5,000 is being offered for information about last week's fire at the office.
Both state and federal fire investigators determined the blaze was arson.
Union police said the home was fully engulfed in flames when firefighters responded Friday night.
After extinguishing the blaze, firefighters found the bodies of the 24-year-old woman and her two children, ages 1 and 6. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that their names weren't immediately released.
The woman's 26-year-old husband wasn't home at the time of the fire. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation.