ST. LOUIS – Two people are dead after a fire in the West End neighborhood of St. Louis.
The fire started in a three-story brick home in the 5700 block of Bartmer early Monday evening. The second and third floors are engulfed in flames.
A spokesperson for the St. Louis Fire Department confirmed two adults, a man and a woman, were found dead inside the home. One victim was found on the first floor of the home. The other was found on the second floor. A family member identifies the victims as Thomas McKinney Jr. and his aunt, Dorothy Jones.
"It was just like a tower inferno, very intense," said Lavell Caradine, who lives across the street.
Caradine says he is a longtime friend of one of the victims, and watched in horror as crews pulled his neighbor from the burning home.
"Very shocking, very shocking. Words can't really explain what I saw," he said.
Firefighters worked in frigid temperatures for hours to put out the flames. Late Monday night, they were just beginning the process of investigating what started the fire.
"It is always a tragedy, and it's very difficult circumstances. But they're professionals and they're going to continue working until this fire is fully extinguished," said St. Louis Fire Capt. Dan Sutter.
McKinney and Jones were the only ones inside the home at the time of the fire.