Fire Destroys Nestle Purina Floor
Jan. 02, 2002
ST. LOUIS (AP) _ Fire officials Wednesday were investigating a blaze that burned through the executive floor of Nestle Purina PetCare's headquarters and sent thick smoke pouring from a row of windows beneath the company's checkerboard logo.
No one was hurt in the New Year's Day fire, and Nestle Purina said damage was limited to the upper floors of the 15-story landmark building, a prominent part of the St. Louis skyline. No damage estimate was released.
Part of the building reopened Wednesday, though about 700 workers were moved to other offices or worked from home.
Nestle Purina PetCare was formed from the takeover of 107-year-old pet food maker Ralston Purina by Swiss-based Nestle SA. The $10.3 billion merger was approved last month.