San Bernardino Gasoline Explosion Kills At Least Two, Hospitalizes 13
By Jamie Geller July 3, 2013
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SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—A gasoline pipeline explosion this morning killed two San Bernardino residents and hospitalized 13 at the San Bernardino County Medical Center. At 8:11 a.m., between Duffy Street and Highland Avenue, a 14-inch gasoline pipeline that carried unleaded fuel from Colton to Nevada ruptured six feet underground, spraying fuel on local homes. This is the same location where a freight train derailed two weeks earlier, killing four as it crashed through a string of homes. “Two people have died in a home on Duffy Street. One body was burned beyond recognition. The other victim is believed to be a man. Firefighters are looking for a third victim in the home,” said San Bernardino Fire Department spokesman, Paul Allaire. The exact cause of the explosion remains elusive to both the police and gas company officials. “We don’t know the cause of the break. It could have been the train, obviously,” Calnev gas company official David Andries said. “There has been an explosion. We haven’t sored anything out yet,” Police spokesman Gary Fahnstrock said. Evacuation has already begun on Duffy and Donald streets with the help of vans and busses.