Fire Engulfs St. Louis Foam Factory

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A sprawling foam factory erupted in flames Thursday morning just north of downtown, and part of the building tumbled into the street.

No injuries were reported.

The fire began about 7:30 a.m. as employees were arriving at Diversified Foam Products just north of downtown St. Louis, said Capt. Robert Hennicke of the St. Louis Fire Department.

About 20 workers were inside the four-story building when the fire erupted. Workers told firefighters the blaze started on one of the glue tables, Hennicke said.

The building, which was gutted, is in an industrial area a few blocks from Interstate 70, and the smoke temporarily closed part of the highway, Hennicke said.

About 100 firefighters responded to the scene but they were ordered out of the building because of the smoke and concerns the building could collapse.

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