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Fire in underground vault leads to evacuation of U.S. Bank building downtown

Fire in underground vault leads to evacuation of U.S. Bank building downtown

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Employees have been evacuated from the U.S. Bank building in downtown St. Louis after a fire broke out in underground electrical vault near the building.

Capt. Garon Mosby of the St. Louis Fired Department said there were no reports of injuries and that the fire was contained in the vault.  It was soon put out.

A similar fire occurred at the vault in June. During that blaze, the building was evacuated and and some people had to be rescued from elevators after power was cut to the building.

Mosby said power remained on in the building, but that its elevators had been shut off. All non-essential personnel at One US Bank Plaza had been sent home for the day, he said. 

"When this happened back in the summer months, it started off and it escalated a bit," he said, "and they did lose power to the building, so this could be a precautionary measure.

Firefighters and Ameren Missouri workers were on the scene. The fire department received a report of the fire at 11:23 a.m.

The building houses bank offices and law firm Thompson Coburn, among others. 

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Walker Moskop is a data specialist and reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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