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Gas line blast levels house in California, kills one and injures 15


Added 07-16-19 12:10:02am EST - “A utility worker was killed and 15 other people were injured on Monday when a ru...” - Reuters.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Reuters.com: “Gas line blast levels house in California, kills one and injures 15”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A utility worker was killed and 15 other people were injured on Monday when a ruptured gas line triggered an explosion that leveled a house and shattered windows in nearby homes in the Southern California town of Murrieta, authorities said.

The blast sent flames shooting some 30 feet (9 meters) into the air, and, according to media reports, rocked the surrounding Riverside County neighborhood with such force that some residents initially mistook it for an earthquake.

The gas rupture was believed to have been caused by a contractor digging at the home without first calling to have underground utility lines marked, as required by law, according to the Southern California Gas company.

City firefighters responding to reports of a gas line breach were already at the house when SoCalGas employees arrived to make repairs. The explosion occurred about 30 minutes later, Murrieta Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief David Lantzer told a news conference.

One of the gas company workers on the scene was killed and 15 other people who were hurt in the blast - three of them firefighters - were taken to hospitals for evaluation, fire and utility officials said. Their conditions and the severity of the injuries was not disclosed.

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