California home gas blast kills 1, injures 15

Witness describes California house explosion

MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — Authorities say everyone has been accounted for after a natural gas explosion that blew apart a Southern California home and killed a gas company worker.

The blast shortly after noon Monday occurred in Murrieta in Riverside County, east of Los Angeles.

Authorities say a contractor who hadn't called Southern California Gas to determine where gas lines were buried struck and damaged a line.

An explosion an hour later turned the home into charred sticks and sent up a column of fire and smoke.

SoCalGas and Murrieta Deputy Fire Chief David Lantzer say 15 people were injured, including three firefighters, and a SoCalGas worker died.

There's no word on the conditions of the injured.

SoCalGas initially said a resident may have been unaccounted for.

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