(NBC News) – A ruptured natural gas line exploded on Friday in rural central California, killing one person and injuring two others before it was shut down.
The gas line operated by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company was cut by someone using heavy equipment in a farm field south of town around 3:30 p.m., according to firefighters.
Investigators said the flames were shooting some 200 feet into the air when they arrived on the scene.
In addition to the injuries, a nearby home was also destroyed.
The two people who were injured were inside the home when it caught on fire.
The person operating the heavy equipment that is believed to have ruptured the line died.
No names have been released.