St. Louis Fire Department

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2014

    Colleen Segbers: Mom May Have Saved Daughter from Fatal Accident Before Dying

    The story of a south city mother's final sacrifice spread across St. Louis Tuesday as friends and strangers alike donated thousands of dollars to support the ten-year-old daughter she left behind. Colleen Segbers, 33, died Monday when a 58-year-old woman accidentally drove into her at a Walgreens ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2014

    Four Rescued from Sinking Tugboat in Mississippi River Near Stan Musial Bridge

    As a tugboat began to sink just north of the Stan Musial Veterans Memorial Bridge, a nearby tugboat heard the distress call and rescued four crew members on board Tuesday. No crew members were injured as they evacuated the sinking boat, owned by the Osage Marine Co., and transferred to the towboat ... 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

    January 27, 2014

    Ben Mazanec Captures History as St. Louis' Officially Unofficial Fire Photographer

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    St. Louis Flares Up Over Bosnia Soccer Celebrations at Busch Stadium

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 6, 2013

    Bob Reuter: Elevator in Fatal Accident Was Installed in 1918, Had No Operating Certificate

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    Arson at Sidney Street Cafe Last Night

    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.

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2012

    School Bus and Metro Bus Collide, Injuring Several Students

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    Pruitt-Igoe Getting Second Life with Tours, Creative Projects

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2012

    Homeless Man Set on Fire While Sleeping in Marine Villa Alley

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 28, 2012

    Crane Collapse Reported at New River Bridge, Worker Missing

    ​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 >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Body Found in Burning Car in South City Friday

    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.

  • Blogs

    May 31, 2011

    Russ Carnahan Honored by St. Louis Firefighters

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2011

    We Have the Coolest Paramedic Ever

    "Everyone in the fire department pretty much lives on coffee," says Bobenhouse​On 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 >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    George Mard, Fire Truck Surgeon

    John H. Tucker​George 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2010

    Mayor Proposes Taking Fire Ax to Firemen's Pension

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2010

    Cash-Strapped Government, Huh? Why Don't These Agencies Pick Up Their Money?

    ​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 >>

  • News

    March 3, 2010
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    June 8, 2009

    Can't Install Your Digital TV Converter? Call the Fire Department! 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2007

    Drink Wine for Our Furry Friends

    Giraffe just told Lilly how much wine Ian drank for her sake. Free this evening? Want to help the St. Louis Fire Department protect our furry friends? Stop by "O: An Evening of Art and Wine" featuring wine from 33 Wine Shop and Tasting Bar and food from SqWires. Anna Teekell has more information r ... More >>

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    November 7, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2007

    The Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival: Que Delicioso

    All too often the word Hispanic acts as little more than a thinly-veiled PC stand-in for Mexican. Fortunately, the Greater St. Louis Hispanic Festival more than lived up to its all-encompassing title. The cuisines of at least eight different countries were represented: Venezuela, Belize, Colombia, A ... More >>

  • News

    March 7, 2007

    The Strange, Strange Tale of the U.S.S. Inaugural

    An old warship meets its most formidable enemy — the Mississippi River.

  • News

    June 15, 2005

    That Old Black Magic

    Did Patricia McIntosh's neighbors cast an evil spell on her twelve-year-old daughter?

  • News

    December 8, 2004
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    June 11, 2003


    "Big Machines" parks at the Science Center

  • News

    June 26, 2002

    The Bailout Artist

    Bill Atkins, the bail bondsman who is free on bond himself, still takes money to get people out of jail. Why is that?

  • News

    May 1, 2002


    Those who follow the way of the gun have their many reasons. Just ask them.