According to St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby, about 80 firefighters responded to a call from someone who heard a blast in the Baden neighborhood late Thursday. Moby said one person was rescued by firefighters and transported to the hospital.
Officials looked for more than an hour for another person believed to be in the rubble, until they learned that the victim had been taken to the hospital by a St. Ann police officer who arrived at the scene soon after the blast.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.