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 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.