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Severed gas line at USC turns to flame, injury evaluated

 A severed 6-inch gas line on the USC campus that leaked natural gas and flared into a 10-foot flame has been shut down and the flame is no longer active, Los Angeles fire officials said Friday morning.

Fire department spokesman Erik Scott said one adult male is being evaluated for minor burn injuries but did not require transport to the hospital. Scott said that more than 20 firefighters were on the scene on the campus' north end to create a “water curtain” around the flame before extinguishing it before 10 a.m.

“We’ve ensured safety in that area,” Scott said.  

The department worked with a gas company to turn off the gas at the source, according to Scott. Although it is unclear how the leak was lit into a fire, he said the gas line might have been ruptured by a construction crew.

USC sent an email alert urging students and staff to “Stay away from [the] area,” which Scott said is near the corner of West Jefferson Boulevard and McClintock Avenue near a track building and a soccer field.

Scott urged any residents who see evidence of a leak inside a building to exit and call 911 on their mobile phones.


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