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February 7, 2019

Blast burns 5 buildings after crew cuts gas line

  • The San Francisco fire began when a private construction crew cut a natural gas line while working on fiber-optic wires.
  • By JANIE HAR
    Associated Press

    SAN FRANCISCO — A gas explosion in a San Francisco neighborhood shot flames into the air Wednesday and burned five buildings, sending panicked residents and workers fleeing into the streets.

    Utility crews put out the fire about three hours after private construction workers cut a natural gas line, igniting the towering flames, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. Authorities initially said five workers were missing, but the entire construction crew was found safe, and no other injuries were reported.


     
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