A natural gas explosion rocked through a peaceful community in Murrieta this afternoon. The explosion killed a gas company employee and sent 15 people to the hospital for observation. A person who lives at the home is also unaccounted for.
A gas line was ruptured in a construction accident and was reported shortly before 11 am to SoCalGas company. Workers arrived at the home about 20 minutes later. The explosion was reported at 12:10 pm.
“Earlier today, SoCalGas crews responded to reports of a natural gas line that was damaged by a contractor working on a home on Wooden Horse Trail in the City of Murrieta,” SoCalGas Spokeswoman Christine Detz wrote in a statement. “Shortly after crews arrived there was an explosion.”
“Preliminary information is that one occupant of the home may also be unaccounted for,” she added.
Murrieta Fire & Rescue Department indicated that 15 were injured and transported to hospitals for evaluation.
Additional details will be provided as information is received.