- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 22, 2015

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A gas explosion has severely damaged a Portuguese bakery in East Providence and left a worker seriously injured.

Fire officials say several people escaped the bakery on Taunton Avenue when the blast occurred just after 10 p.m. on Tuesday.

East Providence Fire Chief Oscar Elmasian says one man was hospitalized with burns over about 20 percent of his body.

Officials had to shut off the gas to the building before fighting the fire, which destroyed much of the building.

No other buildings were damaged.

Fire marshals are investigating the explosion, but officials say it appears to have been accidental.

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