Around 1:20P today a 2nd Alarm Explosion that began in front of Hong Kong Lounge II caused major evacuations. 5 Total Buildings in the corner of Geary and Parker were affected by the blaze. The entire perimeter was evacuated as they worked restlessly to contain the fire and search for 5 workers reported missing. Luckily all 8 workers that were on site were found fine and well. No injuries have been reported.
San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White said workers with a private contractor were installing a fiber cable line when they ripped into a gas line with an excavator. Causing the 2nd alarm explosion and immediately spreading to the nearby restaurant.
As of 3P an estimated 3,000 PG&E Customers have been left without power. Residents are asked to avoid the area as crews continue to work on the fire and clear the scene. The road closures are expected to last about 4 hours so expect heavy traffic and public transportation to be re routed from the scene.
A reunification site for those affected by the fire has been set up at Mel’s Drive-In at 3355 Geary Boulevard, across the street from Hong Kong Lounge II.
— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT (@SFFDPIO) February 6, 2019
ATTN: Be advised that due to the on-going street closures near Geary and Parker traffic conditions in the surrounding area especially btwn Masonic and Arguello from Anza to Euclid is very heavy and slow moving. Avoid the area if you can.
— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) February 7, 2019
We are aware that a gas incident has occurred in the #SanFrancisco #Richmond area (3300 block of Geary Blvd). PLEASE AVOID THE AREA. We are working closely w/ first responders and will communicate more as information becomes available. pic.twitter.com/oJBXMBrYf2
— PG&E (@PGE4Me) February 6, 2019
#020619WF2 UPDATE FIRE CONTAINED NO INJURIES 5 structures involved expect complete road closure for 4 hours minimum – under investigation Media update at 430 pm Anza and Parker pic.twitter.com/KszvzbJgi9
— SAN FRANCISCO FIRE DEPARTMENT (@SFFDPIO) February 7, 2019
Motorists should continue to avoid Geary Blvd. between Spruce & Stanyon to enable fire cleanup. Residents and workers should contact officers at the borders of the scene regarding entrance to the area. pic.twitter.com/NM3042lY7j
— San Francisco Police (@SFPD) February 7, 2019
— SF Firefighters 798 (@SFFFLocal798) February 7, 2019