Prius Hits Gas Line, Sets Fire to Calabasas Home

A 15-month old baby boy was inside the home at the time of the crash.

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    A Prius crash that ruptured a gas line left part of a Calabasas home in shambles. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Friday, May 16, 2014. (Published Friday, May 16, 2014)

    A Calabasas home was nearly destroyed after a Prius crashed into a gas line and exploded, igniting the home's garage on fire Friday afternoon.

    The fire was reported in the 23000 block of Park Contessa about 3:33 p.m., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The crash ignited a fire in a garage as the flames spread outside, officials said.

    A 15-month old baby boy was inside the home at the time of the crash. Upon hearing the explosion, the nanny grabbed the baby and ran out the front door of the home, according to an NBC4 report.

    According to fire officials, the Prius was parked at a home on the top of Park Contessa when it rolled down the hill after a man left it unattended. 

    The homeowner, however, told NBC4 that there was a driver inside the vehicle at the time of the crash.

    "All I know is that my neighbor was trying to reverse and somehow lost control of the vehicle and made a big arc and jumped the curb right there and ended up somehow crashing into the garage and there was a gas pipe there that burst and then the explosion happened," the homeowner said.

    The impact of the explosion was so strong tha the garage door of the home was found on the other side of street in front of a neighbor's house.

    The homeowner told NBC4 that she was told the home can be salvaged and that it won't have to be rebuilt from the ground up. The homeowner had recently moved into the Calabasas home a few months ago.

    No injuries were reported in the blaze, officials said.

    Samia Khan contributed to this report.

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