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October 8, 1987 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
Six people were treated for injuries at hospitals yesterday after a gas explosion and fire at a senior citizens' center and apartment building at the Abbottsford Homes housing project in the East Falls section. Fire officials said the explosion at the three-story building in the 3200 block of McMichael Street occurred while subcontractors were doing plumbing work on the second and third floors. A gas line apparently became disconnected while the plumbers were working, detectives said.
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March 7, 2002 | By Gaiutra Bahadur INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Victims of a gas explosion at a Montgomery County apartment complex last year have sued Peco Energy Co. and the owners and managers of the complex, alleging negligence. Village Green Apartments in Upper Moreland exploded in flames in June after 20-foot-high floodwaters from Tropical Storm Allison dislodged a gas dryer in the basement of one building, causing a gas leak. The fire claimed the lives of six people. "This was a terrible tragedy which should have been prevented," said Thomas Kline, an attorney representing the families of four residents who died and six others who were injured.
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January 17, 1988 | By Michael Matza and Amy S. Rosenberg, Inquirer Staff Writers
About 150 families were evacuated from their Kensington neighborhood last night after a natural-gas explosion toppled rowhouse walls, shattered windows, crushed two parked cars under debris and triggered a two-alarm fire that decimated three homes and seriously damaged a fourth. Police and fire officials said two people were slightly injured and nine narrowly escaped injury in the explosion and fire, which occurred at 6:44 p.m. in the 2500 block of East Norris Street. The fire was brought under control around 7:20 p.m. John Meehan, of 2523 E. Norris St., said he was standing in his cellar investigating the odor of gas when "a ball of flame" ignited the woodwork around his basement windows.
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October 2, 2010
LAKE HARMONY, Pa. - A sports complex at a northeastern Pennsylvania resort has been left severely damaged after a gas explosion. The Morning Call of Allentown reports no one was seriously hurt in the Friday morning blast at Split Rock Resort & Golf Club in the Poconos. Manager Chuck Dickinson said it happened around 7:30 a.m., about five minutes after someone reported smelling a gas leak. Dickinson said authorities believe the explosion is linked to a gas line. He said one employee was treated for minor injuries and some guests had to be evacuated.
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April 30, 2013 | By Karel Janicek and Adam Pemble, Associated Press
PRAGUE, Czech Republic - A powerful blast believed to be a gas explosion ripped open an office building in the center of Prague on Monday, injuring at least 35 people and sending shock waves through the Old Town tourist district. The blast shattered windows in the scenic area of charming streets and postcard-pretty buildings, sending glass flying. Authorities closed a wide area around the site, and some tourists were stranded on street corners with baggage-loaded trolleys, unable to get into their hotels.
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December 12, 1989 | By Robert J. Terry, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 69-year-old woman who was the mother of a Philadelphia Gas Works employee was killed early yesterday when a natural-gas explosion ripped through her home in the Kensington section. The body of Catherine Jacovini of the 600 block of East Wensley Street was found about 7 a.m. in the wreckage of her two-story house, which was heavily damaged when the blast occurred at 12:43 a.m. Police said Jacovini's daughter, Roseanne, 41, who also lived in the house, suffered cuts and bruises in the explosion.
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May 28, 1987 | By JOSEPH GRACE, Daily News Staff Writer
Three workers were burned, two critically, when a leaking gas grill exploded last night at a restaurant in the Oxford Valley Mall in Middletown, Bucks County, police said. The manager, Merlyn Kirkwood, 25, of Bensalem, and a cook, Charles Kaufmann, 26, of Langhorne, were critically injured when the grill they were cleaning at the York Steak House exploded about 10:20 p.m., Middletown police said. The restaurant was closed at the time, police said. A waitress, Gretchen Pfender, 16, suffered minor burns to her left arm, according to a spokeswoman at St. Mary Hospital in Middletown.
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July 11, 2006 | Daily News wire services
A historic four-story townhouse on Manhattan's Upper East Side collapsed into a pile of rubble yesterday after a thunderous explosion that hurled fireballs skyward and left an upscale block littered with bricks, broken glass and splintered wood. Authorities said the blast had been caused by gas, and they were investigating whether it was the result of a suicide attempt by the building's owner, a doctor who was going through a bitter divorce. The doctor, Nicholas Bartha, 66, and a passer-by were severely hurt; at least 13 other people had minor injuries.
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November 9, 2012
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission on Thursday unanimously approved a $75,000 civil penalty against Peco Energy Co. for failing to follow procedures related to a 2009 gas leak and explosion at a house in Upper Merion Township, Montgomery County. A crack in a four-inch cast iron main allowed gas to leak into the crawl space of a house in the 600 block of Summit Street in Swedeland, which caused a "low-level explosion and fire" on Dec. 26, 2009. There were no injuries. The PUC criticized Peco for failing to follow its procedures for identifying and classifying leak migration.
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April 8, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani, Inquirer Staff Writer
Houses trembled a half mile away when a natural gas explosion rattled a compressor station near Springville, a hotbed of Marcellus Shale development in northern Pennsylvania. Just two hours after the March 29 blast, a gas safety inspector from the state Public Utility Commission was on the scene to begin an investigation into possible violations of gas safety rules. But he did not get far. The PUC shut down its examination last week after determining the station was in a rural area - and thus outside its regulatory reach.
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February 26, 2015 | By Jacqueline L. Urgo, Inquirer Staff Writer
WEST CREEK, N.J. - A natural gas explosion leveled a house, injuring 15 people, two critically, Tuesday as utility workers tried to locate the source of a gas leak in Stafford Township, Ocean County. No one was in the house at 59 Oak Ave. or any nearby houses. Minutes before the 10:32 a.m. blast, officials had evacuated about 75 residents after a strong odor of natural gas was reported. The blast felt "like a bomb," one witness said. The explosion's cause, in the mostly residential Cedar Run neighborhood, with no schools or businesses nearby, was being investigated, including by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
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March 6, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Jonathan Lai, and Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writers
EWING, N.J. - Family photos crashed to wood floors. Windows shattered. Insulation was hurled through the air and draped barren trees in sheets of pink. A gas explosion Tuesday afternoon transformed a townhouse complex into a dark landscape of destruction, killing one person and injuring at least seven utility workers. "I thought it was the end of the world," said Robert Conrad, 74, who lives about six units away from the home where the explosion apparently was centered. He rushed out with a coat and camera, leaving behind his wallet and two cats.
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February 2, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
SOUTH PHILA. Investigators were trying to piece together Friday the moments leading up to a gas explosion that rocked a South Philadelphia neighborhood the night before, setting a home afire and sending two people to the hospital. In part, the investigation by fire and utility officials centered on actions taken by Philadelphia Gas Works crews in those moments. The trouble started late Thursday afternoon when residents of the 1800 block of South Bancroft Street smelled gas outside and in their homes.
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February 1, 2014 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A gas explosion sparked a fire in a South Philadelphia rowhouse Thursday night that displaced more than a dozen people, authorities said. Philadelphia Gas Works crews were at the scene on the 1800 block of South Bancroft Street, working alongside firefighters and emergency medical technicians as neighbors watched from their windows. The first fire call came in at 7:04 p.m., Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers said. A minute later, neighbors reported an explosion. Responding firefighters saw light smoke coming from the top floor of a two-story house.
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August 4, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
Children were playing on Daly Street. On Friday, life was returning to a semblance of normalcy for many of the residents in the block where a gas explosion ripped apart three rowhouses Monday. But not everything was settled or safe. The second-floor ceiling in one of the houses that had been reoccupied since the blast collapsed Thursday night, said Diane Schaffer, 40, who lives next door. Several damaged homes remained vacant. Most obvious was the pile of rubble at 426, 428, and 430 Daly St. The ruins of the three houses were fenced off, mainly to protect people, maybe to keep out anyone who might think to pick through the debris for valuables.
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August 1, 2013 | By Bob Warner, Theodore Schleifer, and Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writers
The recently renovated South Philadelphia rowhouse that blew up this week in a natural gas explosion was thoroughly inspected and approved by city building inspectors just last week, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday, adding that he would wait for a report from city fire marshals before speculating on what caused the blast. "These are complicated situations. Most fires are," Nutter said at a midafternoon news briefing. "It is tedious, diligent work, but the [fire marshals] are very good at what they do, and I am confident they will figure this all out. " The most seriously injured victim, contractor Steven Barrientos, 40, of Northeast Philadelphia, was inside 428 Daly St. when the explosion occurred at 11:09 a.m. Monday.
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July 18, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission fined the Philadelphia Gas Works $500,000 on Tuesday for a 2011 fatal gas explosion, and expressed remorse that it could not assess a greater penalty against the troubled city-owned utility. One commissioner delivered a blistering critique of PGW and suggested the state should wash its hands of the utility until the city can sell it. The Nutter administration is seeking bids to privatize PGW. The five-member commission unanimously approved the settlement related to a January 2011 explosion that killed a PGW employee, injured five people, and destroyed a Tacony rowhouse after PGW responded to a gas leak.
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June 26, 2013
Maine condo blast kills man YARMOUTH, Maine - An apparent gas explosion at a Maine condominium complex Tuesday killed one man, while leveling his condo in a blast that could be felt across town. The body of Peter Corey, 66, was found in the rubble of his Yarmouth condo after the 6:20 a.m. explosion, said state police spokesman Steve McCausland. Some of the nearby condos were left uninhabitable, and three residents from the complex suffered minor injuries, officials said. The explosion was similar to a Feb. 12 explosion of a home in Bath from a leak in a propane line; a woman inside the two-unit apartment building was killed, and the building was leveled.
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May 5, 2013 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A guide dog interrupted a burglary and rescued a 54-year-old legally blind woman from a potential gas explosion early Friday in Northeast Philadelphia, police said. At 2:47 a.m., police were called to the 4700 block of Marple Street in Holmesburg, where they found that the woman had been led out of her house, said Capt. Francis Bachmayer, commanding officer of Northeast Detectives. The house had been filled with natural gas, Bachmayer said. The woman was awakened by her service dog barking, as at least one intruder had entered the house through a rear basement door, Bachmayer said.
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