Fire has destroyed the LivRite Fitness Center in the 1000 block of Carlyle. Firefighters remain at the scene (6:45am).
The building is considered a complete loss. Fire crews are still dealing with a hot spot. Smoke can be seen coming through a portion of the roof. The fire call came in just after 11:00pm Wednesday night. When firefighters arrived, flames were already threw the roof. The business was closed. No one was hurt.
Fire officials say the cause of the fire is still under investigation. But officials say a janitor has reported hearing popping sounds shortly before the fire broke out, so an electrical fire is suspected. No one was injured in that blaze.
The BJC Hospital group is laying off 160 employees from it's 13 hospitals.
BJC officals say the lay-offs necessary because of a decline in in-patient care. The problem, they say, is that people are delaying treatments, some for lack of insurance, others because of high co-pays.
Layoff notifications started going out Wednesday.
Most of those affected work in administrative and management positions. BJC says those laid off will receive severance pay based on years of service.
There's new hope for a long-vacant, landmark building in downtown St. Louis. A Minneapolis developer has bought the St. Louis Arcade Wright building at Eighth and Olive Streets.
Dominium Developments paid $9 million dollars for the building, and plans to spend another $100 million to turn the 18 story structure into a retail and residential center. The plan calls for about 250 apartments and three floors of retail.
City officials are working with Dominium to finance the renovations.
Work is expected to begin in December.
This is the second proposal to revitalize the landmark building. Six years ago a similar plan failed when the developer went belly-up.
A 34 year old St. Louis man is facing charges for a hit-and-run accident that sent a pregnant woman and her six year old son to the hospital Monday night.
Police say the 23 year old woman and her son were crossing the street near Natural Bridge and North Grand a little after 10:00 p.m. when they were struck. Both were seriously injured. The woman is eight months pregnant, but her unborn child appears to be unharmed.
Menkara Rahman is now charged with leaving that accident scene. He's jailed on a $35,000 cash-only bond.