Soulard building explosion caused by gas leak

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – It was a striking scene as Bommarito Automotive Skyfox flew over the explosion and fire that rocked homes in Soulard along Menard between Ann and Shenandoah.

Twenty-two buildings were without power and gas until Laclede and St. Louis fire crews cleared the scene for safety. Meanwhile, homeowners like Jennifer Dykeman were left to find a warm place to stay.

"I had no idea it was going to take this long to get back into the house so it`s upsetting to find out that it`s going to be until midnight," said Dykeman.

Thirteen people inside escaped without injury. The Red Cross and Metro Transit provided food and buses for crews and homeowners.

Laclede Gas crews are going door to door to check out buildings. They plan to work with Ameren to restore power to residents as soon as possible.

Statement from AT&T :
"We understand a subcontractor working on an AT&T project struck a gas line this afternoon. Our thoughts are with those affected and we are coordinating with authorities investigating the accident."

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  • morrow

    I’m so sorry that this fire destroyed a piece of some people lives ,for fires are so permanent and destroys things that can’t be replaced, but is it necessary to break in to regular programming when it could wait until the regular news cast? Breaking news seems to be proper when it is causing a problem for a large segment of the population, such as a highway problem or storms ect. Lately channel 2 has been having breaking news for all kinds of things that could wait until the regular news time.

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