Philadelphia Explosion Blamed on Gas Leak Destroys 3 Homes, Injures 8

Image: Philadelphia Explosion Blamed on Gas Leak Destroys 3 Homes, Injures 8

Tuesday, 30 Jul 2013 12:00 PM

By Alexandra Ward

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
    A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
A Philadelphia explosion injured eight people and leveled three houses Monday. The blast was blamed on a gas explosion in a South Philadelphia row home that was under renovation. It's the second building collapse in the city in as many months.

Seven adults and one child — a baby — were injured after the blast ripped through the row home in South Philadelphia's Whitman neighborhood, partially collapsing the two neighboring homes. Six of the victims were taken to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, one was taken to Hahnemann University Hospital, and the baby was taken to Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, CBS Philly reported.

Neighbors smelled gas and heard a loud blast around 11:30 a.m. Monday, according to

Latest: Do You Support Giving Illegals Citizenship? Vote Here Now

"I was sitting in the house and I heard a big bang," witness Mike McGraw told CNN affiliate KYW. "The door slammed and the TV went out."

"The whole foundation shook," Victor Masella told

Police immediately shut down several blocks in the area and ordered an evacuation of neighboring homes.

Editor's Note: Should ObamaCare Be Repealed? Vote in Urgent National Poll

Fire officials said all victims had been accounted for, according to CBS Philly.

Six people were killed and 13 were injured last month when a four-story vacant building collapsed in downtown Philadelphia. The inspector who signed off on the demolition site committed suicide the following week.  

Related stories:

Building Collapses in Philadelphia, 14 Pulled From Rubble

Inspector in Philadelphia Building Collapse Dead of Self-Inflicted Wound

Woman Trapped For 12 Hours in Philadelphia Building Collapse Rescued  

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact  |
  Print   |
  Copy Shortlink
[Error loading the WebPart '']
Value cannot be null. Parameter name: virtualPath
Send me more news as it happens.
Get me on The Wire
Send me more news as it happens.
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
You May Also Like

Val Kilmer Weight: Star Sheds Pounds, But Has It Gone Too Far?

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 18:55 PM

Actor Val Kilmer is drawing attention for his dramatic weight loss.
The "Batman Forever" star, 54, was seen shoppin . . .

McDonald's: Gun Pulled by Man Over Missing Drive-Thru Cheeseburger

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 20:12 PM

A man in Nashville, Tennessee, is accused of pulling a gun in a McDonald's restaurant and complaining that his drive-thr . . .

Amy Van Dyken: Accident Changed Outlook and 2015 Will Be 'Awesome'

Tuesday, 23 Dec 2014 19:57 PM

Olympic gold medalist swimmer Amy Van Dyken is showing an increased appreciation for life after an ATV accident this sum . . .

Top Stories

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved