The release of a small amount of a toxic gas led the fire department's hazardous management team to suit up earlier today.
St. Louis city police and fire crews responded to a late morning call to a building at McPherson and Skinker which is in the process of demolition.
Deputy Fire Chief Mike Harris explains how some anhydrous ammonia was released. "There was an old refrigeration unit in the basement and likely there was residual anhydrous and either it was heated with his cutting or just trapped and released," said Harris.
Harris says anhydrous ammonia is lighter than air and in small amounts like this, dissipates quickly. No gas escaped the building. He says every precaution is used on each of these calls. regardless of the extent. All crews worked in Hazmet suits today with two hazardous management vehicles on site.
There were no injuries.
The National Weather Service has increased the number of tornadoes that touched down in the St. Louis are last week to nine.
The largest and most damaging of the twisters was the EF-3 that cut a 32 mile path of destruction through St. Charles County and north St. Louis County.
Another EF-3 tornado his ripped through Roxana, Illinois, doing serious damage to the landfill. Macoupin County was hit by EF-2 and EF-1 twisters, with one severely damaging a high school gym in Gillispie.
Additionally, there were two EF-1 tornadoes in Franklin and Jefferson Counties, and three EF-0 tornadoes in Montgomery County
A St. Charles County man is facing charges for molesting children on three different occasions.
Prosecutors say Donald Knaust was at a Fort Zumwalt North High School sporting event when he improperly touched and 8-year-old boy. That event was in January of this year.
Then earlier this month, while out of jail on bond, he was accused of having sex with another 8-year-old boy on two separate occasions.
Knaust faces a laundry list of charges including child molestation and statutory sodomy. He is held on a half-million dollar bond.