Propane gas leak prompts brief evacuation

A propane gas leak Monday afternoon prompted the evacuation of a tire repair shop.

The leak happened around 2:45 at Hunter Tire in Kirksville.

Emergency crews, including Kirksville Police and Fire Departments, responded to the scene.

Kirksville Fire Chief Tom Collins says the leak came from a propane tank at Hunter Tire that's used to fill portable propane tanks for barbeque grills.

Batallion Chief Randy Singleton says Heetco was doing repairs on the large propane tank when a safety valve popped off, allowing all 400 gallons of propane to escape.

A section of Baltimore Street was blocked off and traffic was rerouted while the scene was being checked.