Video: Dozens Narrowly Escape Explosion & Fire After Gas Leak in St. Louis, MO (2 Videos)

Video above by: FirstAlarmPhotos STL. Video info: Fire on all Three floors of a 3-Story brick occupied. Contractors struck a gas line outside the building, causing the structure to fill with gas. Firefighters evacuate 11 occupants seconds before the building explodes. No injuries were reported.

Video by: Atlantet. Video info: Residents of a Soulard neighborhood were forced to evacuate after an explosion and fire left high levels of gas in the air Wednesday afternoon.
St. Louis City Fire crews responded to call for natural gas odor and upon their arrival, meters showed levels at an explosive range at the 3-story brick building located at the corner of Menard and Shenandoah shortly after 1 p.m.
Photos: Gas explosion at Soulard building
An immediate evacuation was ordered and 11 occupants were able to get out safely without injury. Moments later an explosion occured, blowing the windows and sending flames to all three floors of the building.
Chief Dennis Jenkerson said it was a close call.
According to the building manager, a crew was installing fiber line when a subcontractor working on the AT&T project hit a gas line during the process. Gas filled the basement and believed to have sparked the explosion.
Emergency crews evacuated homes along the 2200 block of Menard as dangerous levels of gas were still reading in the area. Laclede Gas shut off gas to about 22 buildings and are working to fix the damaged pipe.
Laclede Gas crews and firefighters are going through each building to make sure it’s safe to restore power and gas.
Fire crews completely extinguished the building fire. The extent of damage was not immediately known.
Residents were allowed back in their houses after Laclede Gas worked on the damaged pipe and restored gas and heat to those neighboring homes.
Authorities are investigating how the line was hit and what transpired prior to the explosion.

About a dozen people narrowly escaped a natural gas explosion Wednesday afternoon at a clothing design firm in the Soulard neighborhood, authorities say.

Firefighters knew of no injuries, although one man at the scene said his back was hurt when he was thrown off his feet by the blast.

“No injuries were reported to us nor did we transport anyone,” St. Louis Fire Capt. Garon Mosby said.

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