Police ID 1 of 3 killed in St. Louis boiler explosion

1 year 9 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, April 04 2017 Apr 4, 2017 Tuesday, April 04, 2017 12:03:27 PM CDT April 04, 2017 in News
Source: AP
By: The Associated Press

ST. LOUIS (AP) — One of three people killed in St. Louis when a van-sized boiler exploded and was launched hundreds of feet into a nearby business was licensed by the city to work with such equipment.

Police say 59-year-old Kenneth Trentham was among those killed in the explosion about 7:30 a.m. Monday at Loy-Lange Box Co. Maggie Crane, a spokeswoman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, said Trentham was one of three engineers there with up-to-date city licenses required for operating boilers. Crane also said Trentham was a city-licensed stationary engineer authorized to work with boilers since 1996, when he was hired at Loy-Lange.

The names of two people killed when much of the boiler landed in a laundry have not been released. Four other people were injured.

Federal workplace-safety officials are investigating.

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