Gas Explosion Rocks Philly Neighborhood; 1 Dead

A gas explosion in Philadelphia Tuesday evening killed one person and injured five more, officials said.

The unexpected blast from a gas main left three people in critical condition and forced dozens of people to evacuate their homes in Philadelphia’s Tacony neighborhood.

Philadelphia Executive Fire Chief Daniel A. Williams said the one casualty was a Philadelphia Gas Works employee, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported Wednesday.

PGW spokesman Cameron Kline said three additional workers were hospitalized in the University Hospital burn unit and remain in critical condition.

A fourth PGW employee was treated and released, spokeswoman Rebecca Harmon told The Associated Press.

Also among the injured was a firefighter who was reportedly in stable condition as of Wednesday morning.

The incident occurred at about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday when a 12-inch gas main exploded, Kline said.

Emergency officials and utility employees were dispatched to the scene earlier after receiving reports of a gas smell. They had evacuated homes on the street and were working to locate the leak when the explosion occurred.

The blast broke a water main and leveled the building, UPI reports.

PGW says it is unclear what triggered the explosion.

Categorized | Energy & Fuels, Natural Gas
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