From the website of television station KSDK comes the bad news that the two limestone-faced, turreted houses at the southeast corner of Cook and Spring avenues burned last night.
A glance this morning showed that the masonry walls are intact, while the roof timbers on each building were destroyed. The building on the west, 3658-60 Cook Avenue, has been owned by "Dion I. Cryer and Joe Witthaus LLC" since January 2006 while the building on the east, 3654-56 Cook, has been owned by the city's Land Reutilization Authority since 2000. Hopefully the owners of 3658-60 Cook have insurance, but it's unlikely.
Thanks to Shawnee Levrault for the tip.