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4 People Killed as a Result of Boiler Explosion

Posted By Arnold & Itkin || 7-Apr-2017

Around 7:30 on Monday morning, a boiler exploded at the Loy Lange Box Company factory in St. Louis. The explosion was massive, launching huge pieces of debris over 500 feet away into nearby buildings. One of these buildings was the Faultless Healthcare Linen factory, a laundry facility for healthcare facilities—a piece of debris the size of a cargo van crashed into the building.

The explosion claimed 3 lives in a matter of seconds: 1 worker from the blast itself, and 2 workers who were killed by the van-sized debris when it landed. A fourth worker died last night at St. Louis Hospital from complications due to their injuries, according to Rose Psara, the chief investigator for the St. Louis Office of Medical Examiner. A third building was damaged when a large pipe crashed through its roof, but fire department officials said no injuries were reported.

Currently, the nature of the fourth worker’s injuries have not been disclosed, nor has their relative position to the explosion. While currently under investigation, it has not been reported why Loy Lange’s boiler exploded, whether it was maintained regularly, or whether it was receiving repairs/maintenance at the time of the explosion. All that fire officials revealed is that there is no evidence of foul play, as reported by St. Louis Fire Chief Dennis Jenkerson.

The victims of the van-sized debris at Faultless Healthcare Linen were beginning their first day of work when they were killed. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims' families.

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