Dozens of residents evacuate after gas leak at west St. Louis house


by staff

Posted on February 3, 2014 at 10:51 AM

Updated Monday, Feb 3 at 6:00 PM

(KMOV) – Dozens of residents were evacuated from their homes after a gas leak in west St. Louis on Monday.

Officials say six people were inside a home in the 3400 block of Macklind around 8:50 a.m. when they smelled gas and called Laclede Gas Co.

Crews responded to the scene and discovered a reading inside a home with “explosive limits.”

Authorities said 29 residents were evacuated from homes on Macklind and Sublette as a precaution.

“They were evacuated to a safe place, most are with family and friends right now,” said Capt. Garon Mosby with the St. Louis Fire Department.

Company crews were digging on both sides of the block as they looked to cap off the main and shut off gas to the entire street before finding the leak.

Fire officials said they hoped to have the leak fixed by the afternoon, but were being cautious due to safety concerns.

“It’s going to be a matter of hours, you really can’t put a time on it, erring on the side of caution and safety,” said Mosby. “They’re doing things very deliberately but as quickly and safely as possible.”

Laclede Gas offficials say the leak was then located shortly before 4 p.m. and crews worked to repair it.  Residents were given access to safely return home.

Crews wil then turn on service to each home and relight pilor lights for customers. 

No word on what caused the leak.