Year After Fire, Apartment Building to Reopen
ST. LOUIS (AP) - A little over a year after a fast-moving fire burned most of a huge apartment complex in St. Louis' Central West End, the complex is about to reopen.
The massive fire on July 17, 2012, damaged more than half of the 197-unit building. Everyone got out unharmed, but damage was so bad the complex had to be knocked down to its concrete foundation.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that tenants have already moved into a rebuilt section of the complex that was less-heavily damaged; the rest will reopen in mid-August.
Fire Capt. Dan Sutter says no cause of the fire could be determined because of the extreme heat and water damage.
Investigators believe it began on the top floor of the four-story building.