5 utility workers injured in gas line fire

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Five utility workers have been injured in a gas line explosion and fire in Memphis.

Fire Department spokesman Wayne Cooke says three Memphis Light, Gas & Water workers suffered critical wounds, and two others had less severe injuries. He said the workers were called out to a residential area on Tuesday morning to fix a gas leak and were working on it when the line exploded and caught fire. He said at least some of the workers suffered burns.

Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze.

Police say no evacuation was ordered because the incident was contained. The underground line was located along a street.

Investigators are trying to determine what sparked the explosion.