Man dies after fire at abandoned St. Louis warehouse

2 years 8 months 4 weeks ago Wednesday, December 23 2015 Dec 23, 2015 Wednesday, December 23, 2015 8:57:56 AM CST December 23, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A blaze at an abandoned St. Louis warehouse has killed a 22-year-old man and critically injured another man.

Fire officials said the Sunday afternoon fire that killed Zach Mantei was likely accidental. St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby said Tuesday afternoon that the men had trespassed and vandalized the abandoned warehouse near the Mississippi River.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the warehouse contained 55-gallon drums of an unidentified, flammable liquid that had been broken into with an ax or other tool. Investigators believe something in the air ignited the vapors from the liquid and caused a rapid release of energy, or explosion.

Officials said the flames were under control within about 15 minutes.

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