One man hurt in gas line fire

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) A natural gas main ruptured and a fire ignited Tuesday in the city's Midtown area, injuring one road construction worker, a deputy fire chief said.

The 30-year-old man, an employee of Quality Asphalt Paving, was taken to Providence Alaska Medical Center with second-degree burns on 25 percent of his body, Deputy Chief Tom Kempton said.

The cause of the explosion was under investigation.

The man who was burned had been working in an excavation area with a propane torch, Kempton said.

The fire burned for about an hour until Enstar Natural Gas Co. cut off the gas to the ruptured 2-inch main, Kempton said.



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