Underground Blast Causes SF Fire

An underground explosion in San Francisco's Tenderloin
neighborhood started an electrical fire that took firefighters an hour to
control saturday night, according to the fire department.

Police and fire officials closed surrounding blocks of Turk and
Leavenworth streets around 8 p.m. because they received reports of the
explosion that set off fire alarms in surrounding buildings, a fire
dispatcher said.

Nearby residents said smoke was rising from a manhole.

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said no one
lost power because of the fire.

Surrounding buildings were not damaged and no injuries were

PG&E is investigating what caused the blast.

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