KLEIN, Texas (AP) — Utility workers trying to repair a broken gas line north of Houston struck another one, causing an explosion that injured six of them, including one critically, authorities said.
The explosion happened Friday in Klein, said Rachel Neutzler, a spokesperson for the Harris County fire marshal. The CenterPoint Energy workers were repairing a 2-inch gas line when they struck a larger one, sparking the explosion, she said.READ MORE: Cowboys Safety Damontae Kazee Arrested For Alleged DWI In The Colony
The workers remained hospitalized Saturday with second- and third-degree burns. A firefighter was also injured but was treated at the scene, Neutzler said. Authorities initially said all seven of the injured were utility workers.READ MORE: Dallas Police Seek Suspect In Shooting On Sheridan Street
The blast and ensuing fire forced the evacuation of about 100 people from nearby homes, and they were allowed to return on Saturday. One home’s exterior and fence, and a powerline and utility pole were damaged.
CenterPoint Energy said in a statement Saturday that electricity had been restored to affected homes but that crews were still working to restore gas service.MORE NEWS: Former Texas Nurse Convicted Of Capital Murder In Deaths Of 4 Heart Patients
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