Eight people including three children were injured in Philadelphia on Monday when a natural gas explosion tore through a row house under renovation, causing the collapse of three houses and the evacuation of about 70 homes, according to a report by Reuters.
Residents reported a strong smell of natural gas after the blast, and Philadelphia Gas Works crews shut off gas to the area, according to utility spokeswoman Melanie McCottry. Hundreds of people watched as emergency workers and firefighters went about clearing 15 feet of rubble and debris that spilled onto the street from the collapsed home.
"One resident of the neighborhood, Diane Schaffer, said the smell of gas had permeated the area since early Monday morning," Reuters reported. After the explosion, she put her son and a neighbor's daughter in her car and fled the area.
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