SCARY: This video taken by Jeff Pace shows the San Francisco fire soon after it was sparked by a gas line explosion. Pace was works in a building nearby that was evacuated. kron4.com/1760103463
Posted by KRON 4 News on Wednesday, February 6, 2019
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Above is pre-arrival video from yesterday (Wednesday) afternoon’s gas line explosion in San Francisco that set five buildings on fire. Amazingly, despite early reports of missing workers, no one was injured and all have been accounted for. It took about two hours to stop the flow of natural gas.
Above is some of the early radio traffic. Below is more early video and some that was shot later in the operation.
Crews working for Verizon dug into the street at Geary Blvd. and Parker Ave. in the Inner Richmond and struck a Pacific Gas & Electric Co. gas line, setting off the blast at around 1:18 p.m.
The fire shot out of the ground for more than two hours before PG&E crews shut off a gas valve to stop it.
At the scene, PG&E spokesman Blair Jones explained why it took so long: utility workers had to painstakingly use shovels to hand-dig into asphalt in order to shut off the gas valves feeding the flames. Machinery couldn’t be used due to the proximity of the gas line to the surface of the street.