Woodland Hills Mansion Catches Fire After Massive Gas Explosion: LAFD

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Crews battled a dangerous blaze Monday evening at a Woodland Hills mansion that went up in flames after a massive gas explosion.

A home in Woodland Hills home caught fire on June 20, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

The fire was reported about 7:40 p.m. at a two-story mansion located at 4961 Marmol Drive, the Los Angeles Fire Department said in a news release. Crews on scene reported heavy fire and at least one gas explosion. Responding firefighters attacked the fire from the outside of the mansion as the structured was "compromised."

LAFD officials told KTLA a construction crew working in the area accidentally ruptured a gas line and immediately called the gas company. Prior to the explosion gas company officials went to the home and told the residents to get out.

Fire officials said the scene was very dangerous as multiple gas lines were ruptured.

"It is our safety concern to let that gas fire burn until we can get a controlled shut off,"  Assistant Fire Chief Patrick Butler told KTLA. "Our fear is if we extinguish these gas leaks the gas will then travel to other areas and find another ignition source and set off another explosion."

Aerial images from Sky5 showed heavy smoke and firefighters dousing the home with water.

Both floors of the home were engulfed in heavy fire and adjacent homes were initially threatened.

The fire was knocked down by 59 firefighters in about two hours, officials said.

No injuries were reported.


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