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Huge Fire Erupts Following Explosion In San Francisco's Richmond District

KCBS Radio Afternoon News
February 06, 2019 - 2:22 pm

San Francisco fire crews battled a huge blaze and gas explosion on Geary Boulevard and Parker Avenue in the Richmond neighborhood on Wednesday afternoon. 

The fire had burned parts of four buildings, including one that houses the Hong Kong Lounge II restaurant, a popular dim sum establishment and apartments in the upper floors. 

Flames were seen soaring from underground and appeared to reach several stories in height. 

Workers on a private project had been installing fiber optic cable before the explosion, according to Fire Chief Joanne Hayes White. Officials believe that the workers ruptured a gas line.

The fire started around 1 p.m.

Hayes White said that no injuries had been reported and all workers have been located. 

PG&E crews capped the gas line that was the source of the leaping flames around 3:40 p.m.

People nearby had been advised to keep their windows shut and remain indoors to avoid inhaling dangerous fumes, said Kristine Roselus, a spokeswoman for the Bay Area Air Quality Management District. 

Reporters Margie Shafer and Megan Goldsby contributed to this article.