UPDATE: Firefighters Extinguish Broken Gas Main

Brian Kelly Twitter:@brpkelly

ST. LOUIS (KMOX)- Laclede Gas crews have successfully capped a leak and have stopped the flames that earlier shot from a broken gas main at Enright and Clara in St. Louis.

St. Louis Fire Department Captain Dan Sutter tells KMOX a crew using a backhoe broke the line at about 2:30 Thursday afternoon. When firefighters got there to investigate the gas leak, something ignited the gas, sparking the inferno.  Neither the firefighters nor the four Laclede Gas workers on the scene were injured.

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Flames shot over 40 feet into the air for several hours while Laclede crews worked to shut off the natural gas supply. Sutter says the main was fed by four lines. They were able to shut down three of them quickly, but had to dig to get the fourth valve.  A Laclede spokeswoman tells KMOX there were minimal service interruptions in the area.

The St. Luke’s Plaza apartments, across the street from the fire, were evacuated. Firefighters set up two aerial lines, and two land lines to continually pour water onto the corner of the four-story brick building closest to the fire, to keep it from igniting.  A couple of times the flames were blown to the south, igniting one of the nearby trees.

Sutter, and the Laclede spokeswoman, say now that the fire is out, they’ll try to find out what sparked it.

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