Collinsville Fire Captain Dusty Cottage along with two firefighters used a sledgehammer to get into the apartment at 223 North Seminary Street.
Twelve properties in eight years, all owned by developer Paul McKee have burned to the ground.
Controversy surrounds some of developer Paul McKee’s properties catching fire.
Firefighters said all three floors of the apartment building located off Lindbergh Blvd. near Page Ave. were engulfed when they arrived.
Missouri’s top utility regulator says a fiery explosion at a Kansas City restaurant appears to have occurred after a pipeline was damaged — not because of any sudden failure of the infrastructure.
Occupant suffered minor injuries, cause not determined, say Metro-West firefighters.
Fire officials on the scene say the house was vacant and a woman was inside building a fire in the center of the house to keep warm.
St. Louis Fire Department Capt. Dan Sutter said firefighters found Salsman and one of her two dogs together in the house.
Positive identification is pending but officials believe the remains they found are that of the 71-year-old female homeowner.
Coroner Thomas Whittaker says the boy’s father tried to rescue his son with a ladder but was unsuccessful.