Firefighters remain on the scene of a smokey fire that's destroyed a metro-east salvage yard. Cahokia fire officials say the blaze broke out about 2:30 Monday afternoon at Marty's Salvage Yard in the 2000 block of Camp Jackson Road.
Burning tires and auto parts created a huge column of black smoke that could be seen for miles. The thick smoke prompted authorities to bring in HazMat crews.
Firefighters could remain at the scene all night as they deal with hot spots.
Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire.
Cahokia Assistant Fire Chief Stephen Robbins says there were two minor injuries -- a salvage yard worker and a firefighter who suffered smoke inhalation.
The Forest Park Trolley goes back in service today.
The trolley bus will shuttle park visitors between attractions, park and ride lots, and the Forest Park-DeBaliviere MetroLink Station. Beginning today, it'll run 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. From Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, the hours expand -- 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The cost is two-dollars for adults, one-dollar for kids 5-to-12, seniors and the disabled. Children 4 and younger are free.
The Forest Park Trolley is a service of Metro Transit.
Baseball fans who plan to go downtown for today's opening day festivities may find their usual route to Busch Stadium blocked. St. Louis Police are advising revelers to leave early because of road changes and closures due to construction of Ballpark Village.
- 8th Street is now a two-way street between Clark and Market with two north and southbound lanes.
- Temporary stop signs are currently in place at the intersections of 8th Street and Clark, as well as 8th Street and Walnut.
- Walnut is now a two-way street between 8th Street and Broadway, with one westbound lane and two eastbound lanes.
- 7th Street is no longer in existence.
Pedestrians should also note that the pedestrian bridge between the Stadium West garage and the ballpark has been removed.
Those choosing to drive are urged to “park smart” — park in well-lit, populated areas, concealing valuables by placing them in compartments or in the vehicle’s trunk prior to arrival. The department strongly encourages citizens to leave firearms at home. Events such as baseball games are no place for firearms, as they are not allowed inside Busch Stadium and leaving them in a vehicle creates opportunity for criminals. Don’t let your legal firearm become an illegal firearm.
Event-goers are also advised to remain aware of their surroundings and if choosing to consume alcohol, are urged to drink responsibly. Criminals often target those who appear to be most vulnerable, including those who might be intoxicated.
There will be a significant law enforcement presence in all areas surrounding Downtown and Busch Stadium. We strongly encourage anyone who sees criminal or suspicious activity to alert a nearby officer or dial 9-1-1.