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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.

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