ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – (UPDATED 6:04 p.m.) Three people are dead in the Soulard area after a boiler exploded at a box company Monday morning.
The boiler exploded inside the Loy-Lange Box Company, 222 Russell Blvd., about 8 a.m., shooting through the roof and landing on top of a person in a nearby building, Faultless Healthcare Linen. That person was taken to the hospital in critical condition, says St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson.
Two have been pronounced dead inside the Faultless Healthcare Linen building after the boiler came crashing down into an administrative office area, Jenkerson says. The blast inside of Loy-Lange killed one person.
Police have identified 59-year-old Kenneth Trentham, as one of the victims killed inside of the building.
The remaining identities are unknown at this time.
Jenkerson says the boiler is the size of a full-size van.
Three others have been transported to a local hospital, one in critical condition and two with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the St. Louis Fire Department.
There are large holes in the roof of both the Loy-Lange and Faultless Linen facilities, and Jenkerson says a third building, Pioneer Industrial, 400 Russell Blvd., also sustained damage.
An 8-foot pipe went through the roof of Pioneer Industrial, but no injuries were reported, he says.
Jenkerson says the scene is under control, and utilities to all the involved buildings have been shut off.
Scott Allen, with the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, says OSHA investigators arrived at Loy-Lange Box Co. not long after the blast Monday morning, the Associated Press reports.
Online OSHA records show that Loy-Lange has paid more than $12,700 in fines as part of three investigation since 2014. The records don’t list specifics about the cases, and it’s unclear if any citations were related to the boiler or other equipment.