Natural Gas Explosion Destroys Chestnut Hill Apartment House

Chestnut Hill Apartment Building explsion

A natural gas explosion rocked a Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood overnight Monday destroying an apartment house and sending nearly a dozen people out into the frigid cold.

The blast happened around 1:45 a.m. inside an apartment at Benezet and Ardleigh Streets in the Chestnut Hill section of the city, fire officials tell NBC10. Police said leaking natural gas ignited the explosion.

The explosion was so intense that parts of the building that housed several apartments were blown down the street. A window was found more than 50 feet from the front of the home.


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Nine adults and one child were forced out into the cold as a result of the blast. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Crews from Philadelphia Gas Works are on the scene investigating where the leak began.

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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