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$47M settlement reached in deadly St. Louis boiler explosion

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A $47 million settlement has been reached in the 2017 explosion that launched a van-sized boiler through the roof of the Loy-Lange Box Co. in the Kosciusko neighborhood and onto a nearby laundry business, killing four people and injuring three more.

The Simon Law Firm said in a news release that the settlement was reached last month during mediation in advance of a trial that had been scheduled for August. KSDK-TV reports that it covers multiple wrongful death, personal injury and property damage cases.

The explosion on April 3, 2017, inside the Loy-Lange plant at 1700 Kosciusko Street killed Kenneth Trentham, who was working there. The nearly 2,000-pound tank then flew into nearby Faultless Healthcare Linen, 154 S. Trudeau Street, killing Christopher Watkins, Tonya Gonzalez-Suarez and Clifford Lee.

The victims’ attorneys blamed “a prolonged series of errors” that included deficient repairs.

June Heath

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