1 dead, 2 others in critical condition after fire in south St. Louis


by Kaitlin Riordan / KMOV.com


Posted on November 17, 2012 at 8:32 AM

Updated Sunday, Nov 18 at 9:15 AM

3500 Giles St. Louis,MO

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) -- A fire that broke out early Saturday morning has left one person dead, and two others in critical condition.

Dan Sutter, a St. Louis Fire Captain, said the fire started in the first floor of a two-family flat in the 3500 block of Giles around 4 a.m. Flames then spread to the building's second floor.

Two residents on the first floor were rescued, then transported to an area hospital in critical condition. Firefighters found another resident dead at the scene.

All four residents on the second floor were able to escape safely after smoke detectors alerted them of the fire, according to officials.

Captain Sutter said the fire does not appear to be suspicious, but said the tragedy should be a warning for everyone else: there were no smoke detectors when the fire started.

“We do feel strongly that had they had working smoke alarms in the building, that they would have had early enough notification to seek egress from the building,” Sutter said.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

The St. Louis Fire Department does offer free smoke detectors. Call (314)-533-3406 for more information.