At least 1 dead, 15 injured in gas explosion at California home

Southern California Gas Company confirmed that one of its employees died in the blast at the Murrieta home.

According to NBCLA News:

By Doha Madani

At least one person has died and 15 people were injured Monday after a contractor working at a California home accidentally damaged a natural gas line that triggered an explosion.

Southern California Gas Company, or SoCalGas, confirmed that one of its employees died in the blast at the Murrieta home shortly after its crew members arrived.

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My neighbor’s home exploded just 30 mins ago due to a gas leak… officials haven’t reported any fatalities yet. Roads are blocked from Clinton Keith to Smith Ranch all the way down to Nutmeg. @ABC @CityOfMurrieta

Southern California Gas Company, or SoCalGas, confirmed that one of its employees died in the blast at the Murrieta home shortly after its crew members arrived.

Murietta Fire and Rescue Deputy Chief David Lantzer said that 15 others were transported for medical evaluation. Three of the injured were firefighters, the rest were civilians.

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Firefighters at the scene of a house explosion / fire in Murrietta, California, on July 15, 2019.@Anvilhead8

“We are deeply saddened to learn of today’s incident which took the life of one of our employees, injured firefighters, and impacted others,” the company said in statement. “Our employee was responding to reports of a damaged gas line at the home.”

The contractor who is believed to have triggered the explosion did not call to have gas lines marked prior to digging as required by law, a SoCalGas representative said at press conference Monday evening.

Lantzer said at a press conference Monday that utility company crews arrived to the home at about 11:23 a.m. local time and the explosion occurred about 10 minutes past noon. SoCalGas said it was able to cut the gas flow to the house by 1 p.m.

There was no information on the severity of injuries.

 

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