Metro-East News

Man dies in early morning St. Louis house fire

A man died in an early morning house fire Thursday in the 1500 block of Criterion Avenue, according to the St. Louis County Police Department.

Authorities identified the man as Herman Williams, 64, who resided in the home. The house was already engulfed in flames when North County Precinct firefighters responded to the residence near where Interstate 270 meets Route 367. After firefighters extinguished the fire, they found Williams dead. He appeared to be the sole occupant of the home.

The fire also damaged a neighboring home, though no one there was injured.

The St. Louis Regional Bomb and Arson Unit and the St. Louis County Police Department’s Bureau of Crimes Against Persons are investigating the fire.