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Some businesses closed for the day after natural gas line ruptured, repaired in Central West End

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Emergency crews were in the area of Laclede and South Euclid after a natural gas line ruptured Tuesday (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department / Twitter) Emergency crews were in the area of Laclede and South Euclid after a natural gas line ruptured Tuesday (Credit: St. Louis Fire Department / Twitter)
Crews worked to repair a natural gas line rupture in the Central West End (Credit: KMOV) Crews worked to repair a natural gas line rupture in the Central West End (Credit: KMOV)
Crews worked to repair a natural gas line rupture in the Central West (Credit: KMOV) Crews worked to repair a natural gas line rupture in the Central West (Credit: KMOV)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A natural gas line rupture forced evacuations in the Central West End Tuesday morning.

Around 8 a.m., the St. Louis Fire Department tweeted that evacuations were underway after a 4-inch line rupture occurred at Laclede Avenue and South Euclid Avenue. Officials told News 4 about 150 people were evacuated from various buildings in the area as a precaution. 

The gas leak forced people out of their homes and businesses for roughly a couple of hours. Laclede Gas was on the scene working to stop the flow of gas so repairs could be made. 

According to Laclede Gas, no service in the area was impacted by the rupture. 

By 12:45 p.m., the streets were open again and people were allowed to return. While some businesses were able to re-open, others had to close for the day.

Tim Butler works at one of the businesses affected by the leak, Rosie’s Place. Butler said, “We walk into business to open it up and wham bam in your face it was bad. We aired it out, everything's fine. You could smell it coming down Laclede.”

While another business, Philip Johnson Salon/Spa, decided to contact about 80 - 100 clients and canceled all appointments for the day.

Heather Rasp, hair specialist said, “The minute we opened salon doors was like a burst of gas. Our owner Phil said it was not safe for us to work. So we called all of our clients quickly and then we are gonna head out for the day.”

Rasp says the salon will open on June 15 and they are rescheduling appointments.

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