ST. LOUIS (AP) - Two neighbors and a police officer are credited with rescuing a disabled teen from a burning home in north St. Louis County.
Firefighters say the teen, who uses a wheelchair and can't talk, was trapped in the home when an apparent electrical fire broke out early Tuesday. The child's mother was in the room screaming for help moving the teen as the house filled with smoke.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that neighbors Kendall Wilkes and his cousin, Lamar Wilkes, crawled through the bedroom window and wrapped blankets around the girl before handing her out the window to a police officer who had just arrived. The officer wasn't identified.
The Wilkes cousins also then helped the mother get out through the same window. No injuries were reported.
The 7-year-old Mehlville boy who died in a house fire on Monday, will be laid to rest this week.
Brian Davis was the only family member who died in the blaze. Visitation for Brian is from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday at St. Mathias Church on Buckley Road.
His funeral will be Friday morning. Brian's grandmother and sister escaped the fire.
A man and his dog are dead after a house fire in St. Ann.
Firefighters found the 54 year-old man on the floor of his bedroom. Officials say the fire began in a chair in the living room--a place where relatives say he often smoked. Investigators believe the fire could have been started by a dropped cigarette. The Post-Dispatch reports that relatives say the man may have been overcome by smoke while he searched for his dog.
A third person has succumbed to injuries from Tuesday's early morning house fire in Mehlville. The St. Louis County Medical Examiner reports that 11 year old Macy Gapsch died from her injuries Wednesday evening.
Maci’s great-grandmother, 79 year old Georgette Gapsch had died around noon Wednesday. The girl's father, 38-year-old Terry "T.J." Gapsch had died Tuesday morning.
The only survivor, Maci’s 13 year old sister, Mia Gapsch had escaped the burning home and ran to neighbor's house to get help. She's in satisfactory condition.
Investigators say the fire began in the basement of the home. But the exact cause is still under investigation.
Four siblings killed in a Randolph County, Illinois house fire that prosecutors say was intentionally set are about to be laid to rest.
Services are scheduled for this afternoon at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Steeleville for 12-year-old Ethan Owen and his siblings, 9-year-old Kailey Owen and 5-year-old twins Brandon Owen and Landon Owen.
The Randolph County coroner says the children died of apparent smoke inhalation during the fire early last Friday at their home in Percy. The village is located about 60 miles southeast of St. Louis. Their parents managed to escape.
33-year-old Derrick Twardoski faces four counts of first-degree murder in the case. During a court appearance Monday, Twardoski wept while he pleaded not guilty, was denied bond and was assigned a public defender to represent him.
The man accused of setting the Randolph County house fire that killed four children has pleaded not guilty.
33-year-old Derrick Twardoski is facing murder charges after allegedly setting the fire that killed 12-year-old Ethan Owen, 9-year-old Kailey Owen, and five-year-old twins Brandon and Landon Owen in Percy, a village 60 miles southeast of St. Louis. A judge ordered him jailed without bond and assigned him to be represented by a public defender. State's Attorney Jeremy Walker says he doesn't consider the fire random, though he's declined to detail what led investigators to Twardoski or any relationship he may have had with the victims.
Randolph County Coroner Randy Dudenbostel has confirmed that all four died of smoke inhalation.
Funeral services for the children will be Tuesday at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Steelville, Illinois.
Donation are being accepted at the church to help the family with their expenses.
The funeral service for the Owen children has been planned. It will be held Tuesday, May 14, at 2:00pm at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Steeleville, IL, with visitation Monday evening from 4:00pm until 8:00pm and again Tuesday from 7:30am until 1:45pm also at the church.
Just before 11 Wednesday morning, firefighters were called to the house, just north of I-70 off Union, after neighbors reported an explosion. Rescuers pulled the boy from the home and rushed him to the hospital, where he died this afternoon.
Investigators say the family was using space heaters in the home and had no working smoke detectors. The rest of the family escaped the fire.
Fire investigators say that a High Ridge home that caught fire this morning, was under foreclosure. More than 30 firefighters responded to the scene and found the body of 24-year-old Charles Odell in the burned out home. KMOV reports that kerosene heaters were found in the house and the home's gas supply had previously been shut off. Odell was alone in the house at the time of the fire. EARLIER:
Jefferson County fire investigators are trying to find out how a High Ridge home caught fire this morning--killing a man in his mid 20's.
The two-alarm blaze was reported at about 4 a.m.near the end of Ridge Road, off of New Sugar Creek Road north of Highway 30.
Tom Lakin, deputy chief of the High Ridge Fire Protection District, said a neighbor reported hearing what sounded like an explosion. When firefighters arrived, they saw the single-family home engulfed in flames, with fire coming through the roof. The man's body was found under debris after the roof collapsed.
More than 30 firefighters from five departments were on the scene. No firefighters were injured.