Updated: Gas Leak and Explosion Damages Mission Street Home in Bernal Heights

Damage at 3971 Mission Street, as shown by KTVU.

A gas leak triggered an explosion that damaged a home at 3971 Mission Street in Bernal Heights, near the intersection of St. Mary’s Ave.

There are no current reports of injuries, but Mission Street is closed in the area and an evacuation order is in effect. PG&E crews are also on the scene.

KTVU’s helicopter captured aerial footage from the scene:

 

UPDATE (Nov. 27, 2:15 pm) Fiona Lee from Hoodline shares these details on the incident:

According to Division Chief Rex Hale, who was on scene, the most likely reason for the explosion was gas filling up in the garage of the two-story building and hitting a pilot light.

The “uncommon” explosion occurred as firefighters walked up inside the building at around 10am, accompanied by a “heavy smell of gas,” said Hale.

The incident blew out the front windows of the building at 3987 Mission Street. No one was at home at the time, and no injuries have been reported.

Roughly 100 people from 19 addresses on the 3900 block of Mission St., the 100 block of Bosworth and the 100 block of College Terrace were evacuated. There is no timeline yet for when they will be able to return to their homes.

3 thoughts on “Updated: Gas Leak and Explosion Damages Mission Street Home in Bernal Heights

  1. PG&E didn’t get the gas turned off until nearly 3 hours after the explosion. That’s one reason they evacuated so many residents: They couldn’t find the friggin’ valve.

    • Every map I’ve ever seen of this neighborhood puts the southern boundary at Alemany/280. Which makes this southwest Bernal.

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