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 >>
Whenever there's a fire on the south side, it's a sure bet Ben Mazanec will be there. His radio, gear and identification are all St. Louis Fire Department official. Mazanec even has his own assigned car number -- 831 -- so police at the scene know he's legit. But Mazanec isn't a firefighter. A fir ... More >>
The flares lit by Bosnian soccer fans at last week's international friendly game did no damage to Busch Stadium, but they set off a firestorm on social media last week as St. Louisans reacted in ways that were by turns curious, angry and downright xenophobic.
Bob Reuter, a 61-year-old legend of the St. Louis music scene, died over the weekend in a tragic elevator accident at a downtown loft where he was reportedly moving. Our sister blog RFT Music has collected and written tributes to Reuter in the wake of his passing. But how did an accident like this ... More >>
According to Sidney Street Cafe (2000 Sidney Street; 314-771-5777) owner and chef Kevin Nashan, someone tried to set fire to his restaurant last night.Well, not the restaurant, exactly. The fire was started in the dumpsters behind Sidney Street Cafe.
St. Louis Fire Department officials have confirmed that a school bus carrying approximately 20 middle-school students was involved in a traffic collision with a Metro bus this morning. The accident occurred at 7 a.m. near the intersection of North Kingshighway and Page Boulevard. Several students an ... More >>
Most St. Louisians worth their salt know the myth of Pruitt-Igoe: a huge public housing complex opened in the mid-1950s to replace slum apartments, demolished just 20 years later in disrepair. But interest in the 33 acre vacant lot that remains has spiked recently, following the release ... More >>
A homeless man was seriously injured in a fire attack last night in the Marine Villa neighborhood. The victim told police he was sleeping in an alley in the 3900 block of Illinois Avenue (above) when someone doused him in gasoline and set him ablaze. The victim ran, and was helped by two decent huma ... More >>
Search crews from the St. Louis Fire Department and the Coast Guard are working the river looking for a crane operator who reportedly fell in from the New Mississippi River Bridge construction site. Various outlets are reporting that the man's life jacket has been found, but not the man himself. ... More >>
The 3600 block of Pennsylvania, where a body was found in a burning car on Friday. When the St. Louis Fire Department responded to a report of a burning car Friday morning near Gravois Park, they found more than just smoke, fire and burning rubber.They found a dead body.
Carnahan (with Rep. William Lacy Clay Jr.) will soon be adding an axe to his tool shed.We can officially say it now: Representative Russ Carnahan is getting the axe. What? Don't we have to wait for the 2012 elections for the fallout from redistricting -- when Missouri's shrinking population ... More >>
"Everyone in the fire department pretty much lives on coffee," says BobenhouseOn top of his night shift as a paramedic with the St. Louis Fire Department, 26-year-old downtown resident Neil Bobenhouse is a singer-songwriter who goes by the nom de guerre Maxwell James. With so much action in ... More >>
John H. TuckerGeorge Mard remembers the days when fire trucks were simple to fix. Tighten a lever here, push a valve there, and you're on your way home for dinner. But over the last fifteen years, Mard, the foreman and senior mechanic of the St. Louis Fire Department's downtown garage, has fa ... More >>
Slay: Blowing the whistle and prepared to make the cuts.Mayor Francis Slay's office this morning outlined its plan to curtail run-away costs within the St. Louis Fire Department. According to the mayor's office, the budget for the fire department has increased 40 percent over the past decade than ... More >>
Did you hear the guy who called in to Charlie Brennan's show on KMOX this morning? Said fella claimed that if you punch "St. Louis" or "Missouri" into the state treasurer's database of unclaimed property -- that's code for dinero, folks -- you'd find all kinds of local and state agencies with dol ... More >>
flickr.com/photos/zzilchWe all know how the fire department will rescue kittens from trees, but this one seems to go beyond the call of duty. According to an FCC press release, the St. Louis Fire Department is now teaming up with KETC (Channel 9) to provide in-home D-TV installation for inept city r ... More >>
An old warship meets its most formidable enemy the Mississippi River.
Did Patricia McIntosh's neighbors cast an evil spell on her twelve-year-old daughter?
Week of December 8, 2004
"Big Machines" parks at the Science Center
Bill Atkins, the bail bondsman who is free on bond himself, still takes money to get people out of jail. Why is that?
Those who follow the way of the gun have their many reasons. Just ask them.