SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 12, 2018: An vintage but operable fire alarm box still in service at a street corner in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Gas Explosion in San Francisco Leaves Thousands Without Power

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.


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