Roaring flames leaping from a gas explosion in San Francisco burned five buildings on Wednesday February 6th, before firefighters put out the blaze, AP has reported.
There were no injuries reported from Wednesday's explosion, but fire made panicked residents and workers in the city's Inner Richmond neighborhood flee into the streets, as flames shot above the rooftops of nearby three-story buildings.
"We just felt the shaking, and the next thing we knew, people were banging on the door to tell people it's time to start evacuating," said resident Nick Jalali.
Several nearby buildings were evacuated, including a medical clinic and apartments.
Utility crews put out the fire about three hours after private construction workers cut a natural gas line, which ignited the fire, San Francisco Fire Chief Joanne Hayes-White said. Authorities initially said five workers were missing, but the entire construction crew was found safe, and no other injuries were reported.
Five buildings were damaged, including a building housing Hong Kong Lounge II, a popular restaurant that is a fixture on the city's "best of" lists.