Cupertino gas explosion reveals more PG&E gas leaks

A Cupertino home was involved in a gas explosion yesterday, authorities report. PG&E crews found seven leaks in nearby pipes, but they are unsure exactly what caused the blast. State regulators are investigating the blast. According to the San Jose Mercury News, "The explosion partially engulfed the townhome in flames at 20299 Northwest Square, Jarvis said. When firefighters from Sunnyvale and Cupertino arrived, they found the garage door lying in the driveway and the side door of the garage off its hinges, lying in the bushes.

The firefighters quickly extinguished the blaze, which began in the garage and advanced into the second story and the underside of the roof. They moved to evacuate the two adjacent four-plex townhouse units as a precaution -- although no one was home there, either.

Firefighters noticed gas was leaking near the damaged home -- overhead TV cameras caught footage of flaming pipes -- and PG&E crews responded by shutting off the gas flow."

PG&E has recently been chastised for their handling of the San Bruno explosion.

If you smell gas at your house, evacuate immediately and call the authorities.

Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/cupertino/ci_18809413

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