VIDEO: Audio captures terror after SF gas explosion
The fire was first reported at 1:18 p.m. and was under control exactly three hours later. According to fire officials, 120 firefighters responded to the fire.
PG&E says there are 300 customers without gas service due to the incident and 235 without electricity. They say they are working to restore service, but are going slow due to the "complex web of utilities" in the area.
Flames shot from a commercial building near the intersection of Parker Avenue and Geary Boulevard. A witness told ABC7 News that the fire was at the Hong Kong Lounge II, which was under construction.
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Firefighters asked people to avoid the area and went door-to-door to evacuate residents in the vicinity. Streets in the area were closed to traffic. Geary Boulevard will be closed overnight. Buses are being detoured around the scene of the incident.
UPDATE: The area around Geary & Parker will remain closed overnight. The 38/38R will continue to reroute. Expect reroutes to extended into the start of AM svc tomorrow. IB via 2nd, Balboa/Turk, Masonic, Geary; OB via Presidio, California, Arguello, Geary. https://t.co/rteoiwYQeI— SFMTA (@sfmta_muni) February 7, 2019
"I was going through an intersection and I heard a small explosion like something behind me, and I looked up and saw people in front of me just screaming and yelling, and I turned around at that point and I saw flames coming toward me. I actually thought it was a bomb for a second," witness Micheal Comstock said.
Five buildings were damaged in the fire.
TIMELINE: Gas explosion, fire near Hong Kong Lounge II on Geary in San Francisco
Pacific Gas and Electric crews capped the leak around 3:35 p.m.
PG&E crews were seen inspecting the burned building after the fire was knocked down. Meanwhile, Mayor London Breed showed up and praised the work of first responders.
"The good news is that no one was injured or hurt thanks to the quick response that happened with the San Francisco Fire Department and the San Francisco Police Department. I am grateful for their service."
Fire crews rescued people from buildings in the area while they waited for PG&E to stop the leak.
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Fire officials said underground workers were doing excavation work to install fiber optic lines when the gas line was ruptured. PG&E says they were third-party workers.
Red Cross Bay Area responded to the area with drinks and snacks for firefighters.
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USF officials say campus stayed open, but students and faculty members were asked to stay away from the area of the fire.
Take a look at full coverage on the gas explosion and fire on Geary Boulevard in San Francisco.
Mel’s Diner parking lot at Geary and Beaumont being used for Red Cross staging area. Lots of folks around here were evacuated after the explosion from businesses on the same block pic.twitter.com/NqJun3MbMC— Kate Larsen (@KateABC7) February 6, 2019
Red Cross volunteers are responding to providing canteening (drinks and snacks) to the firefighters and first responders working on the San Francisco gas explosion and fire. https://t.co/3pZTQ6FtXa— Red Cross Bay Area (@RedCrossBayArea) February 6, 2019
Flames shooting 30to 40 feet in the air at Parker and Geary. Oops Ike a building involved. pic.twitter.com/iUOEuEaGbr— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) February 6, 2019
We are aware that a gas incident has occurred in the #SanFrancisco #Richmond area (3300 block of Geary Blvd). PLEASE AVOID THE AREA. We are working closely w/ first responders and will communicate more as information becomes available. pic.twitter.com/oJBXMBrYf2— PG&E (@PGE4Me) February 6, 2019
Run off at Commonwealth and Euclid from fighting the natural gas fire at Geary and Parker. pic.twitter.com/DPUerFgCY3— Eric Thomas (@ericthomaskgo) February 6, 2019