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