O’FALLON, Mo. – Approximately a dozen homes were evacuated Monday afternoon in O’Fallon, Missouri following a gas line rupture.
The rupture occurred on Sunshine Drive, just west of Highway K, near the Deer Creek Crossing shopping center. O’Fallon fire and police responded to the scene.
“Just shy of one o’clock, we had a call,” said Andy Parrish, assistant chief of the O’Fallon Fire Protection District. “A truck responds out here for a gas leak. We were told en route that a construction company had hit a line in the yard. Right now, our crew along with Spire are going back into the homes and double-checking on the levels of gas in the homes.”
One neighbor said this is the third gas leak in his O’Fallon neighborhood in the last year.
“I’m sure they don’t want to have to do it anymore than we want it to happen,” said Bud Ranken, a resident since 2000. “It’s not like they’re doing it on purpose, but there’s obviously a problem in the markings. Cause if the markings are right, there shouldn’t be any breach, but it looks like we’re going to get back in.”
No one was injured, and homeowners are back in their homes. No businesses in the shopping center have been evacuated.
Spire said the cause is undetermined, and they are working alongside the O’Fallon Fire Protection District to figure out what happened.