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Crews assess damage after underground explosion in downtown St. Louis

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(KMOV) -- Ameren crews continued to work Wednesday morning to assess the damage to an underground tunnel after a glitch sparked a fire causing several buildings to evacuate.

Hundreds of people were evacuated just before 5 p.m. Tuesday after a failed transformer caused a fire underneath One US Bank Plaza, a 36-story building near the St. Louis Convention Center. No one was hurt.

Part of 7th street in downtown St. Louis was still closed Wednesday morning.

Fireballs and thick black smoke were shooting from the street. Firefighters hosed down the side of the building to make sure it didn’t catch fire, but smoke filled part of the lobby.

Power was also knocked out to the surrounding area, causing building occupants to become trapped in the elevators.

Crews rescued at least 10 people from the trapped elevators and no injuries were reported.

 

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