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You very much when you seated devastation it's hard to believe it.
Anyone survived that but witnesses say that strong smell of gas let them know something was wrong in fact the restaurant had reportedly closed -- kitchen down.
Because of the fumes they smell something that may have saved -- we're told.
Especially considering the time that this happened right as the restaurants happy hour was in full swing now an immediate opportunity to talk with the witness.
Market -- joining us now he owns a travel agency right across the street.
And was inside the restaurant just before the explosion mark thanks for joining us glad you're okay today.
I'm curious to know that strong smell of something like gas that was reported you detected that as well.
We we were in there in the bar this having glass of wine.
And we -- deadly drug that rotten egg smell you we've all smelled it before smelled like natural deaths.
What cousin the -- did not think that bad of the smell we didn't think is that having.
So it is it was a heavy smell.
Harris well I'll tell you is that.
Missouri gas energy came in with their detectors.
And and they detectors are going off.
But they didn't tell us to leave they just said casually kind of pay your tab and -- closed down were his words so.
I'm kinda shocked that they didn't have more proactive get the heck out of dodge got a feeling.
I'm sure that those questions will be asked and answered in the days to come -- -- how many people were in that was a relatively crowded for happy hour.
Well wasn't too bad.
That night because.
The fire department and called 45 minutes earlier on on the gas leak that they had blocked off the street so that the cars that were normally come in.
They can command that night they just pass them by went on hope -- brought about seven patrons inside the bar I -- a friend of mine and I were the last ones silly.
And I know that there were some people milling about tickets people even other businesses could smell this a rotten -- -- as you describe it mark.
I -- people moments ago we're gonna put it back up on the screen you have cameras that your travel agency there.
Just across the street -- show people just how close she wore.
Because you'll -- to the right of the screen that flash of light just as the moment.
Of the explosion first of all what got you to walk out of there and how far away were you when this happen.
Well Harris -- Rory walked out maybe five minutes before then.
I wish I was in my car on the way home just two or three minutes away the alarm companies said you've got multiple alarms going off.
And side really turnaround was -- -- -- two minutes the fire ball was reaching to the hype of the building behind me maybe seven buried stories there was tremendous.
Before I let you go I know you know the owners Jamie and David France of that location I should tell people I live just a few blocks from -- that's why I'm so familiar with that area have you talked with the -- has anyone any idea of what will happen next with application.
Jimmy's been around for 27 years.
-- front say and his brother David we'll be back.
I know they will.
This is an iconic location and iconic restaurant with some of the best -- in the world who were destroyed last night.
And no doubt and a huge blow economically to that area to you Mark Evans fight you and yours are located -- thank you very much.
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