Gas Line Explosion, Fire In San Francisco; Evacuations Ordered

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — At least five people were missing and unaccounted for folllowing a gas line explosion that started an inferno in a San Francisco neighborhood Wednesday afternoon.

There were also an unknown number of rescues in progress, according to the San Francisco Fire Department.

The incident happened at the corner of Geary Blvd. and Parker Ave. around 1 p.m. Wednesday in the city’s Jordan Park neighborhood between Laurel Heights and the Richmond District. A two-story building on the corner, site of Hong Kong Lounge II restaurant, was in flames.

The five missing people were all workers at the restaurant, the fire department said.