Fairview Heights businesses evacuated after gas leak

FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, Ill. - A contractor doing work behind a Walgreens store at Highway 159 and Lincoln Trail struck a gas line Thursday.  Some gas got into the Walgreens store, the Fairview Heights Fire Department said.

Fire officials evacuated the store and helped determine where the gas leak occurred. They then used large fan trucks to ventilate the Walgreens and lower the gas levels.

Once the building was back to normal, the store reopened and customers were again inside the store before 3 p.m.

Minutes later, MSD crews responded to a water line break and possible gas line issue in the 1600 block of Veronica in north St. Louis. Water was spouting out of the ground after the MSD struck a line. St. Louis fire and Laclede gas crews and determined there was never a gas danger, they just wanted to double-check a nearby inactive line to make sure it was empty.

Meanwhile, MSD officials said they would reimburse the homeowners for any inconvenience related to this incident. MSD crews prepared the area  for repairs to finished by St. Louis City water experts.