(KMOV) – Crews on Wednesday will begin tearing down a building in Soulard that caught fire after a gas line exploded in early February.
Officials tell News 4 demolition work on the building in the 2200 block of Menard should be complete by Friday.
About 11 residents in Soulard neighborhood were forced to evacuate after the explosion and fire left high levels of gas in the air on Feb. 5. The building was damaged two subcontractors installing a fiber line for AT&T hit a gas line, filling the basement with gas.
An immediate evacuation was ordered and 11 occupants were able to get out safely without injury. Moments later an explosion occurred, blowing the windows and sending flames to all three floors of the building.
Officials say it’s unclear which of the two companies’ employees actually caused the explosion. The city told News 4 AT&T applied for a permit, but it wasn’t approved. Neither had a permit for the job and one of them wasn’t licensed.
The city continues to work on totaling the emergency response cost.