Joseph A. Gambardello
The Philadelphia Inquirer
A gas explosion ripped through half a duplex in Northeast Philadelphia’s Torresdale section Thursday but injured no one, officials said.
The blast was reported about 1:50 p.m. on the 4400 block of Pearson Avenue.
Police said the residence was undergoing renovation when the explosion collapsed the roof and blew out the main wall of the two-story duplex.
Firefighters quickly controlled the blaze set off by the blast. Gas to the block also was turned off.
The cause of the explosion is under investigation.
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