Gas blast, two fires, force Philly residents out into brutal night cold

An early morning gas explosion sent residents at a Chestnut Hill apartment building out into the street — and dangerous cold — Monday.

The first floor blast was reportedly due to a ruptured gas main.

Philadelphia Gas Works and Philly firefighers responded. There were no injuries reportedin the 1:40 a.m. blast in the 100 block of Benezet Street, but 10 residents were displaced.

Two othe PFD incidents

Near 5 a.m., firefighters responded to a two-alarm blaze at a Tioga rowhouse. A SEPTA bus was called for residents forced out into the cold to wait on. The fire was out within an hour, reports.

Another two-alarmer broke out an hour earlier in a West Philly medical building on South 52nd Street.

There were no injuries in either incidents.

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