KMOV (Channel 4) reporter Justin Andrews is on the mend after being injured Tuesday afternoon in a fire at his downtown St. Louis apartment.
The fire broke out about 4 p.m., when a pan with oil on his stove caught fire, Andrews said.
"And then I went and did what I've told people (on news reports) not to do: I grabbed the pan and put it in the sink. And when it hit the water it just exploded," he said.
"Next thing I know, the sprinklers are going off, the fire alarm is going off," he said. "All I could think of was, 'This is not good.'"
Andrews was taken to Barnes-Jewish Hospital, where he was treated for second-degree burns on his arm and hand and released. He said it was unclear when he would return to work.
Andrews signed on with KMOV in October 2015 and mostly reports for the station's morning news show. He posted this Wednesday morning on Twitter:
Wasn’t going to post on Twitter, but I feel I have to, to encourage someone else. Yesterday my apt. caught fire. I was inside. Able to get out, but w/ burns to my hand & arm. Faith brought me out - & for that - I will ALWAYS, unapologetically give God praise!! #LivingTestimony pic.twitter.com/dBTyZeg83S— Justin Andrews (@Justin_EAndrews) July 18, 2018
Born in St. Louis, Andrews and his family moved to Jefferson City when he was in grade school. He graduated from Jefferson City High and then the University of Central Missouri. He worked at stations in Kirksville, Mo., and Iowa before coming back to his hometown.
"Yesterday my apt. caught fire. I was inside. Able to get out, but w/ burns to my hand & arm," Andrews wrote, including a photo that also shows his cousin, Erica Edwards.
After telling of his ordeal on Twitter, Andrews received some good-natured ribbing from KTVI (Channel 2) morning show host Randi Naughton, who recommended ...
"While you're just lazing about the hospital, feel free to flip on @FOX2now. Get well soon!
He replied: "Definitely got my (News 4 This Morning) daily dose from 4-7am on @KMOV! Wouldn’t have it any other way!"
Andrews also received some kind words from another competing station, when KSDK (Channel 5) morning anchor Rene Knott said:
"Prayers out to (Justin Andrews). I don’t care if he’s on the other channel. He’s a good dude. He’s recovering from a fire. Please keep him in your thoughts."