- Associated Press - Thursday, January 30, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) - A suspected gas explosion caused a fire that spread to three homes in south Philadelphia, causing minor injuries to two gas company workers.

Fire officials said two Philadelphia Gas Works employees were in the basement of a row home when an explosion happened around 7:30 p.m. Thursday and sparked a fire that spread to two other homes.

Philadelphia Gas Works spokeswoman Melanie McCottry told The Associated Press that PGW received a call about a possible gas leak or odor at about 5:30 p.m. She said workers began shutting off service to homes in the area and that initial reports show the incident might have occurred at one of the homes where workers were unable to gain access.

McCottry said two employees suffered minor injuries and were taken to the hospital for treatment.

The Red Cross said it is assisting the displaced families, which included eight people. All but one person had a place to stay for the night, a spokesman said.

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