- Associated Press - Thursday, December 15, 2016

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Two Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority employees were injured by a fire that originated underground in southwest Philadelphia.

The transit workers were checking for potential gas leaks shortly before 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when flames shot up a manhole that the men were inspecting near 49th and Windsor streets.

Both victims were initially taken to Penn Presbyterian Medical Center for treatment of their burns.

One worker was discharged while the other was transferred to Temple University Hospital’s Burn Unit in critical condition. The second victim’s injuries were not considered life-threatening.

Philadelphia Gas Works officials say fire investigators will determine the cause of the blaze.

There reportedly was no gas leak. PGW officials say the fire may have been caused by underground equipment.

No PGW customers were affected.



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