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Explosion rocks Murrieta home, kills gas line worker

Posted at 3:06 PM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 18:06:34-04

MURIETTA, Calif. — A gas company worker died and a resident was reported missing Monday after a home exploded and caught fire in Murrieta, KABC reported.

The explosion happened about noon in a residential area of the Riverside County city near the intersection of Clinton Keith Road and Smith Ranch.

SoCal Gas said workers went to the home on Wooden Horse Trail after a contractor damaged a natural gas line, according to KABC .

One employee died and another was taken to the hospital.

Firefighters fought flames for about two hours after the blast. The area was closed to residents, Murrieta Police reported.