JENNINGS — A 44-year-old man died in a house fire early Tuesday morning after he apparently left food cooking on the stove and was unable to extinguish the flames.
Riverview Fire Chief Keith Goldstein said so far nothing is suspicious about the blaze, but that investigators are looking into the exact cause.
The fire was reported after 1:30 a.m. Tuesday at 2026 Murvale Drive, near Jennings Station Road. The name of the victim has not yet been released.
Firefighters were already in the home searching for any victims and found the man in the kitchen. The man was found face down, dead under debris that had fallen during the fire.
Goldstein said investigators believe the victim had been cooking something on the stove and left the room. Firefighters found the kitchen faucet on and water running in the kitchen sink, leading investigators to believe that the victim had been trying to put the fire out on his own when he was overcome by smoke.
Arson investigators and the St. Louis County Police Department are investigating. The fire fatality is under investigation by the St. Louis County Bureau of Crimes Against Persons.
Metro North, St. Louis city, and the Northeast Fire Protection District assisted Riverview in fighting the one-alarm fire.