• Blogs

    September 23, 2014

    Michael Brown Memorial on Canfield Drive Burns to Ashes in Early Morning Blaze [UPDATE]

    Update 11 a.m.: Post updated with Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson's statement on the blaze. Over the past 45 days, since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer on Canfield Drive, a huge memorial of stuffed animals, T-shirts, posters, photographs, cards and other item ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2014

    Realtor Burned Down Girlfriend's House for Insurance Money: U.S. Attorney

    A St. Louis real estate developer burned down the home he sold to his girlfriend and their child and laundered the insurance money through his businesses, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Mardell McGee, 45, of St. Louis, was arrested Monday after being indicted on two felony counts of mail ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2014

    UPDATED: Fire at Overlook Farm Burns Restaurant "To the Ground"

    A fire at the restaurant at Nathalie Pettus' Overlook Farm (901 South Highway 79, Clarksville; 573-242-3838) early this morning burned the building to the ground, Pettus tells Gut Check. No one was hurt, but as of now she doesn't know what caused the fire. See also: Nathalie's to Bring Overlook Far ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2014

    Narrow Escape for Workers When Soulard Building Explodes After Gas Leak

    Firefighters battled a two alarm fire in 18 degree weather Wednesday when a crew struck a gas line, causing a leak that turned into an explosion. No one was injured, but witness say that might not have been the case if the St. Louis Fire Department hadn't evacuated the building minutes before it ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Famous St. Louisan News: Soul Legend Tina Turner Gives Up American Citizenship

    Tina Turner is no longer an American citizen. After living for two decades in Switzerland, Turner, who is fluent in German, signed a voluntary relinquishment of her U.S. citizenship on October 24, according to the Washington Post. Turner may have been born to poor sharecroppers in Tennessee, but S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2013

    Ted Drewes Closes Temporarily After Electrical Fire

    Ted Drewes Frozen Custard (6726 Chippewa Street; 314-481-2652) closed November 10 after a small electrical fire broke out after noon. The beloved dessert spot planned to open by 6 p.m. that night, but was not able. KSDK reports that the fire is suspected to have started in the roof. See also: 8 Be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    South County Fire: Family Speaks Out After Tragic Death, Says "Our Lives Changed Forever"

    Yesterday morning, we reported on the devastating south St. Louis County house fire that left Terry Gapsch, 38, dead, and two others in his family in critical condition. Now, the Gapsch family is speaking out about the incident offering some details on how the tragedy unfolded -- and how they are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2013

    St. Louis County Fire: Terry Gapsch Dead, Girl Escapes, Two Others Critical (UPDATE)

    Updated*: At around 1 a.m. this morning, St. Louis county police and firefighters responded to a house fire in south county after, cops say, a thirteen-year-old girl escaped and ran to a neighbor's house asking for help. The girl, identified as Mia Gapsch, told police that three other people -- al ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2013

    Michael Grimes Hid in Ex-Boyfriend's Closet, Set Apartment Building on Fire: Sentenced

    Michael Grimes, the man who police say broke into his ex-boyfriend's St. Louis apartment, threatened to shoot him, then returned later and set the property on fire, has been sentenced to 25 years. On August 4, 2011, Grimes, now 51, called up his ex-boyfriend and threatened to hurt him, St. Louis p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2013

    J. Gumbo's to Reopen in August on Site of Five-Alarm Fire

    It's been just over a year since a five-alarm fire broke out on Lindell Boulevard and destroyed a Central West End apartment building, as well as Desserts on the Boulevard (3949 Lindell Boulevard) and J. Gumbo's. The Cajun restaurant had only been open three weeks before it was forced to close, but ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2013

    Michael Grimes Found Guilty: St. Louis Man Set Fire To Ex-Boyfriend's Midtown Apartment

    On August 4, 2011, Michael Grimes broke into his ex-boyfriend's apartment, pretended he had a weapon and threatened to shoot but instead decided to leave. Later that evening, however, he returned to the Midtown apartment on Vandeventer Avenue -- and set it on fire. One upstairs neighbor fell uncon ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 28, 2013

    J. Gumbo's Opens New Location Downtown

    Not quite one year after a fire destroyed the apartment building in which J. Gumbo's had opened its first St. Louis-area location, the fast-casual Cajun-Creole restaurant has returned with a new home downtown. J. Gumbo's debuted yesterday at 312 North Tenth Street. The restaurant's regular hours are ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2013

    Meth Explosion Sends Suspect Running Naked Through Streets

    Police say they've located the nude man seen fleeing an explosion early Wednesday morning in Farmington. The suspect, a 22-year-old male from the nearby eastern Missouri town of Bismarck, checked himself into Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis last week and is undergoing treatment for severe burns ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2013

    Timothy Copeland, St. Peters Man Accused of Arson, Shooting, Smiles for His Mugshot

    We're not sure what is more bizarre -- the accusations against Timothy Copeland, or the suspect's smiling mugshot. Exhibit A to your right. As for the allegations, they are, at the very least, as strange as his mug. Copeland, according to the St. Peters Police Department, was released from priso ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2013

    House of India Reopens Today After Fixing Fire Damage

    Back in mid-March, we reported that House of India (8501 Delmar Boulevard; 314-567-6850) in University City had suffered a kitchen fire that forced them to close for repairs. We are happy to inform you that they are reopening for business today! According to KTVI (Channel 2) (via University City Pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 15, 2013

    House of India in University City Suffers Kitchen Fire

    A fire struck House of India (8501 Delmar Boulevard, University City; 314-567-6850) overnight. According to KTVI (Channel 2) (via University City Patch), firefighters responded shortly after midnight and found a fire in the kitchen. See Also: - "Best Indian Restaurant" (2012): House of India - Fire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    Madison County Meth Lab: "He Heard a Loud Pop...And Found [His] Home Was On Fire"

    Here's one reason to maybe not operate a meth lab out of your home. On Sunday, the Madison County Sheriff's Office and a local fire department were called to respond to a residential fire in Cottage Hills, Illinois. Thankfully, no one was harmed, but an investigation revealed that the the cause wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 7, 2013

    J. Gumbo's to Rise from the Ashes

    J. Gumbo's had been open for only three weeks when a five-alarm fire swept through its building at 3949 Lindell Boulevard in the Central West End. No one was killed or seriously injured in the fire on July 17 of last year, which destroyed multiple floors of apartments as well as J. Gumbo's and the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2012

    Suspect in Custody in Case of Murdered St. Louis County Security Guard

    Hosie Taylor, age 36, has been taken into custody in connection with the murder of Deirdre Exum, according to the St. Louis County Police. Exum, a former county security guard, was found dead on Friday in her Florissant townhouse when firefighters responded to a blaze there. Authorities say Exum had ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2012

    This Week's Feature: Did the Dybbuk Box Cause a Fire After the Filming of The Possession?

    In this week's feature, Riverfront Times did what the cast and crew of the new Sam Raimi horror flick The Possession were too scared to do: We trucked out to Kirksville and visited the real dybbuk box. Read "The Devil's Wine Box" here. The film, which opened over the long weekend (to the second-h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Arson For Candy: Review and Preview Track

    Ed. Arson For Candy's debut EP was the subject of this week's Homespun column. You can purchase the release on iTunes and listen to "Old Jane" below. If the band name Arson for Candy sounds like a particularly hellish form of delinquent-youth recruitment -- or an inversion on those "money for guns" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2012

    Five-Alarm Fire in CWE; No Info Yet on Casualties

    A massive fire destroyed a 197 unit-apartment building at 3949 Lindell Boulevard overnight, leaving an untold number of residents homeless. The fire department reported no serious injuries among the 160 firefighters called out to stop the blaze, but there is no information yet on the number of resid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2012

    Mark Twain Forest Fires Appear To Be Arson

    The fires in Mark Twain National Forest have almost been contained, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Firefighters believe they'll have it completely contained by the middle of this week. An estimated 620 acres have been affected at this point. What's worse is that the Forest Service suspects th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    [Updated] Arsonist Strikes Ward Office of St. Louis Alderman Antonio French

    Update: Police have a suspect in custody, 31-year-old Richard Williamson. Authorities believe that Williamson tried to set fire to the building a few days prior to Tuesday's incident but was unsuccessful.Original story follows...An unknown arsonist lit fire to the community office of Alderman Antoni ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Oh Lordy! Harley Owners Blame Church for Damaged Bikes

    One usually thinks of bikers as "sinners" and churchgoers -- especially those who attend a chapel called Peace Free Will Baptist -- as pretty moral folks. Perhaps even too moral.  But, oh, no! Lordy, no! Not according to what has got to be one of the most frivolous local lawsuits in years. And ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2012

    Jacob Lowery Charged With Setting His Girlfriend Ablaze

    Jacob Lowery, 34, has been charged with first-degree domestic assault and armed criminal action for setting fire to his live-in girlfriend. The incident happened at 7:45 p.m. Thursday, June 14, in the 4600 block of Allemania Street.

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Thomas Gilley III: Scrap Metal Thief Suspected in Motel Fire

    Thomas C. Gilley III, admitted to police that he was at the Arch Budget Motel (3717 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Charles) on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 29. He also admitted to police that he helped himself to some scrap metal that was just laying around because he needed the money. But what abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    Eric Lawson: Police Say Man Shot Breiana Ray and Her Mother, Then Set Fatal Fire

    A Saturday night apartment fire in the 2100 block of South Jefferson Avenue was allegedly set by Eric Lawson, 23, the ex-boyfriend of Breiana Ray, 22. Ray and her mother, Gwendolyn Ray, 50, were found in the burning building by firefighters, dead of gunshot wounds. Breiana Ray's son by Lawson, ten-m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2012

    Mobile Home Fire Reveals 50 One-Pot Meth Labs

    Firefighters responded to a mobile home blaze Monday at Pacific Summit Estates in Franklin County, reports The Washington Missourian. Witnesses told police that they saw a man and a woman run from the home while smoke was pouring out of it, then get it into separate cars and drive off. That was susp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2012

    Fire Strikes Sports Attic in Brentwood

    Fire struck the Sports Attic (8212 Manchester Road, Brentwood; 314-963-7829) early this morning, according to multiple reports. The damage appears to be severe, possibly total. KSDK reports that firefighters arrived after 4 a.m., and the blaze grew to three alarms. KMOV reports that firefighters fr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2012

    Fire Strikes Abandoned University City Restaurant

    According to multiple reports, a fire overnight struck the abandoned Kramer's Olive Bistro restaurant at 8141 Olive Boulevard in University City. Though at least one headline states that the restaurant was "destroyed" by the fire, the building remains intact, with much of the damage at the back. KT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2012

    Fire Strikes Halls Ferry Inn Jazz Cafe [Updated]

    A fire struck Halls Ferry Inn Jazz Cafe (3425 North Highway 67, Florissant; 314-972-8410) early Sunday morning. According to a report in the Post-Dispatch, the restaurant is "destroyed," and the cause of the fire is still being determined. The restaurant and club opened last year, succeeding the pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    Fire Strikes Mathew's Kitchen

    Ian Froeb​Firefighters responded early this morning to Mathew's Kitchen (5625 Hampton Avenue; 314-351-1700), a new restaurant in the St. Louis Hills neighborhood of south city, according to multiple media reports.KMOV reports that the cause of the fire was towels left in a dryer overnight. Both KM ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2011

    Man's House Burns, St. Louis City Cites Him for Melted Siding

    Three weeks after a fire destroyed this home (left), the city cited the homeowner for broken windows and "defective" siding.​Okay, so the following story fits the purposes of a blog for a couple of reasons. 1. It's not earth-shattering news, though I suspect it will fire up a few people who've bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2011

    Fire at the Fabulous Fox: Photos of the Damage and Repairs

    The fire was contained in this mechanical room on the fourth floor and quickly extinguished. ​About 100 people were hard at work Monday dealing with the aftermath of a three alarm fire that broke out in the wee hours of Sunday morning in the historic Fox Theatre. The blaze started in a mechani ... More >>

  • News

    April 28, 2011
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Police Investigate Suspicious Fire in North City

    Update 11:29 a.m.: This post initially cited a report from stating that two suspects involved in this morning's fire accidentally burned themselves when lighting the blaze and were taken to the hospital. St. Louis police tell Daily RFT that was not the case. The fire ripped through this bui ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Geo's Wings and More Sustains Fire Damage

    Wikimedia Commons | Thinkstock​It was a hot weekend for wings in Belleville, Illinois, and not in a good way. On Friday morning a kitchen fire erupted at Geo's Wings and More, RFT's 2009 choice for "Best Wings". Co-owner Karen Smith says that as of this morning they're still investigating t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2011

    Tyrone Benedict: Caregiver Accused of Murdering Quadriplegic Man

    Benedict had burns all over his body when arrested yesterday.​The St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney's Office today charged Tyrone C. Benedict of Maryland Heights with first-degree murder and arson in the death yesterday of Mark Woods. Police and fire officials arrived to Woods' burning home y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2010

    Stream a New Everything Went Black Song

    ​The upstart post-hardcore act Everything Went Black will release its new EP, Altars & Arsonists, on the North Carolina label Hands Up, which is run by Jonathan Raine and Danny Trudell. (Trudell, a.k.a. Danny Sober, also owns Seventh Dagger, a popular straight-edge hardcore label.) Arsoni ... More >>

  • Dining

    August 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    August 12, 2009

    FoodWire: Fire at Zia's on the Hill

    The Post-Dispatch reports that a kitchen fire struck the popular Hill restaurant Zia's (5256 Wilson Avenue) overnight. The restaurant is closed for an undetermined period of time.

  • Music

    December 3, 2008

    In Flames

    7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 9. The Pageant, 6161 Delmar Boulevard.

  • Music

    August 13, 2008

    Curtis Eller

    9 p.m. Thursday, August 14. Off Broadway, 3509 Lemp Avenue

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Alleged Copia Fire Starter Nabbed

    An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    Alleged Copia Fire Starter Nabbed

    An ex-employee of Copia Urban Winery and Market, the Washington Avenue dining spot that was lost in an early-morning blaze last December, faces federal arson charges. U.S. Attorney Catherine Hanaway announced the indictment this morning against 26-year-old Gilbert Summers, a "back bar" worker who ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2008

    Breaking: Suspect in Copia Arson

    Per the Post-Dispatch, a former busboy upset about unpaid wages is a suspect in the arson at Copia Urban Winery. -Ian Froeb

  • Music

    September 29, 2004

    Best Neighborhood Bar (North County)

    Whalen's Restaurant and Irish Pub

  • News

    July 23, 2003

    Last Strike

    St. Louis loses a landmark in a six-alarm blaze. We rolled the last ball.

  • News

    June 18, 2003

    Under Fire

    Chief Sherman George lights a fire, but who feels the heat?

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