Fire fighters will be on the scene through much of the night after a 4-alarm fire destroyed most of a warehouse in downtown St. Louis.
A spokesman for the fire department says the fire has been contained, but crews will remain on site to cool off any hot spots. The blaze began around 11:30 this morning at the Servco warehouse just south of the Poplar Street Bridge. Everyone in the building was able to evacuate safely. The fire sent plumes of smoke into the air that could be seen for miles. The top two floors of the building collapsed. At the height of the blaze more than 80 firefighters were on scene.
No word on what caused the fire.
Interstate 64 was shutdown near Scott Air Force Base after a prison bus crash. The accident happened on the eastbound side of the highway near Route 158.
Police say the bus was traveling in the westbound lanes when it crossed over the center median and crashed on the eastbound side. Thirteen people--nine inmates and four guards--were taken to the hospital. As many as fifteen inmates were injured, but the extent of the injuries is unknown.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The onset of cold weather means that volunteers with Winter Outreach in St. Louis have sprung into action.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the grassroots organization offers eight temporary shelters with a combined 100 beds or so to help the homeless when the temperatures turn cold.
Volunteers drive and walk around the city and St. Louis County, seeking out those in need of shelter. The organization also shuttles people to shelters from the Bridge, a feeding program at Centenary United Methodist Church downtown.
The Housing Resource Center in St. Louis said that 14,155 people requested shelter through the city and St. Louis County through the end of November, but nearly three-fourths of them were unable to be referred to an open space.
CAMDENTON, Mo. (AP) — Wintry weather has contributed to four deadly crashes on Missouri roads in two days.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says one person died Friday morning in Camden County when a vehicle crashed into a minivan after sliding on ice. Later Friday morning in Phelps County, a second person died when a car lost control on an icy road and overturned.
A third person died around noon Friday in Franklin County when a vehicle lost control on an ice-covered bridge and veered into oncoming traffic. The fourth victim died Saturday morning in Henry County when a pickup truck began sliding and hit a tree.
The patrol identified the victims as 42-year-old Karla Brown of Camdenton, 16-year-old Charity Adams of Licking, 23-year-old Whitney Gabathuler of Herman and 80-year-old William Dulaban of Deepwater.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints defensive coordinator Rob Ryan says his verbal commitment to take a job in St. Louis was made hastily while he was still upset over his firing in Dallas.
He says he backed out because he owed it to himself and his family to make sure he found the best fit for his style as a coach.
Ryan says that after jumping between several jobs during the past half-decade, his next move needed to be one he believed most would last.
He says he admires Rams coach Jeff Fisher and his staff. However, Ryan points out that St. Louis uses more of a 4-3 scheme, while he prefers a 3-4 front.
On Sunday, Ryan and the Saints bring their sixth-ranked defense into St. Louis.