MURRIETA, Calif. – A family narrowly escaped their home when an explosion occurred on Monday leaving one Southern California Gas Company employee deceased.
Authorities said that home was having solar installed in their home when the workers struck a gas line. Immediately they called Southern California Gas to report damage to their line, creating the leak. As the family, including two children exited their front door, the home burst into flames. The gas employee was killed in the blast and at least 15 others were injured.
The extent of the injuries are not being released at this time. Southern California Gas officials said that they are working with the fire department to ensure safety in the area. They are also attempting to determine what caused the explosion. “We are deeply saddened to learn of today’s incident which took the life of one of our employees, injured firefighters, and impacted others,” Southern California Gas officials said in a statement. “Our sympathies and thoughts are with the individuals and families of those impacted.”
The home was left a complete loss, while several neighboring homes sustained damage. Neighbors said that the family that lost their home had just moved into the home around a month ago.
Anyone displaced is encouraged to go to Vista Murrieta High School, located at 28251 Clinton Keith Road. Animal Control is assisting with any animals left within the evacuated area.
Roads are closed from Clinton Keith from Carrington to Nutmeg in both directions, Clinton Keith from Carrington to Nutmeg in both directions, Wooden Horse from Milkmaid to Cobbler, and Spinning Wheel from Clinton Keith to 39890 Spinning Wheel. Updated information will be provided at a press conference at 6:30 p.m.
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