A six-story building in St. Louis, Missouri (USA) containing the personal records of millions of?
A six-story building in St. Louis, Missouri (USA) containing the personal records of millions of former United States servicemen was devastated by fire on Thursday (12 July).
The loss of the records could cause problems for veterans seeking medical cars, pensions, or other benefits. It contained the records of all retired or discharged personnel of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard.
On Friday (13 July), the Federal Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate the cause of the fire, which was still out of control nearly 24 hours after it was first noticed.
There have been about twelve suspicious fires in the huge records complex of the building in the past two years.
SYNOPSIS: The fire which engulfed the huge Records Complex in St Louis, Missouri, on Thursday was still burning out of control on Friday, and the FBI had been asked to help investigate its cause. The six storey building - one of the twenty biggest buildings in the United States - housed the vital war records of all retired or discharged United States servicemen.
By Friday, it was estimated that twenty-million records had been destroyed. Their loss could cause problem for veterans seeking medical care, pensions or other benefits. Some date back to the Civil War in 1865. Crowds stood for hours at a safe distance to watch firemen try to get near the blaze.
Over the past two years, the same building has been hit by 12 fires.