Terry Gapsch was pronounced dead Tuesday morning, while an 11-year-old girl was transported to the hospital in critical condition. 13-year-old Mia Gapsch, who reported the fire to authorities, sustained minor injuries, according to a St. Louis County Police news release.
The fire began shortly after 1 a.m. The St. Louis County Arson and Explosives Unit is currently investigating the cause of the fire. The fire is believed to have started in the home's basement.
One of the victims of the South County house fire, Georgetta Gapsch, previously reported dead, by Patch, St. Louis County Police and the St. Louis Post Dispatch, actually survived the fire, police now report.
Media Relations Officer Richard Eckhard said in a release that “although transported and in critical condition, Ms. Georgetta Gapsch was not pronounced deceased as earlier believed.
“In the urgency of transporting the victims to the hospital, Ms. Georgetta Gapsch's condition was either misreported or misunderstood at the time media asked,” Eckhark said.
Eckhark apologized for the inaccuracy, “as I would not want to do anything to cause this family additional grief during this horrible tragedy.”
He said all other information in the release was correct.
Patch also apologizes for the inaccurately reported information.