1 hurt, 40 evacuated amid Philly explosion, fire

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Officials say an explosion and three-alarm fire in south Philadelphia injured one person and prompted evacuation of several dozen people.

Fire officials said a caller reported a possible gas leak at about 4 a.m. Thursday in the Naudain Street building. Local residents were evacuated as PGW responded, but an explosion shortly afterward triggered the blaze.

Deputy Fire Commissioner Richard Davison said one woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. He said fire crews were able to save half of the building.

The American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania said more than 40 people were displaced and taken to a shelter at the High School for Creative and Performing Arts.

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