- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 5, 2017

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Latest on a deadly boiler explosion in St. Louis (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

St. Louis police have now released the names of all three people killed in a boiler explosion this week.

The explosion on Monday at Loy-Lange Box Co. sent a van-sized boiler flying into the sky and crashing through the roof at Faultless Healthcare Linen. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the St. Louis Fire Department are investigating.

Police earlier released the name of the victim killed at Loy-Lange, 59-year-old employee Kenneth Trentham. On Wednesday, police said 43-year-old Tonya Gonzalez-Suarez and 46-year-old Christopher Watkins, both of St. Ann, Missouri, died inside Faultless Healthcare Linen. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports Gonzalez-Suarez and Watkins were married and filling out paperwork for new jobs when they were killed.

Two other men, one from each building, remain hospitalized in critical condition.

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9:30 a.m.

Boiler safety is regulated almost uniformly in most places, with standards that generally include periodic inspections, but not in St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch (https://bit.ly/2nJzbkx ) reports that St. Louis is exempt from the Missouri law requiring regular inspections of high-pressure boilers by either a state inspector or insurance company.

The deviation from national boiler safety standards was revealed after an explosion Monday sent a van-sized boiler into the sky at Loy-Lange Box Co., landing in the offices of Faultless Healthcare Linen. Three people died and four were injured.

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the St. Louis Fire Department are investigating.

In St. Louis, the law requires a company to have a licensed stationary engineer on site while a high-pressure boiler is in operation.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, https://www.stltoday.com


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