ODENVILLE – A gas explosion and fire last week damaged the Odenville Band Boosters' concession stand that has stood for years at the high school football field.

Phillip Johnson, coordinator of facilities/bids/safety/athletics for the St. Clair County school system, said the incident happened at 1:30 p.m.

“Fortunately, no one was in the concession stand or vicinity; therefore, no one was injured,” Johnson said. “There was a lot of fire-related damage inside. There was a lot of smoke and it was charred. There was some structural damage, as well.”

Odenville Fire Chief Carter Franklin said his department received a call about smoke coming from one of the concession stands at the football field.

“We put the fire out and discovered there was apparently a gas line leaking inside the building,” Franklin said. “This gas fire explosion did cause some structural damage.”

St. Clair Schools Superintendent Jenny Seals said she hates this has happened at the start of football season.

“We will work through it,” Seals said. “SCCHS principal Brian Terry will work alongside band boosters and get ready for Friday night.”

Terry said the school was waiting for officials with the state Fire Marshal’s Office.

“They will be here soon to inspect, and then we will know more,” Terry said. “The investigation has been turned over to the state Fire Marshal’s Office. We are so blessed this did not happen with people working inside there.”

Terry said as for Friday night’s game, the school is looking for an alternative plan to have concessions.

“The athletic boosters have agreed to give some space to the band boosters,” Terry said.

Contact Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.