Flames erupting from a severed natural gas line threatened two homes in the Pacific Palisades, fire officials said.
No one was injured or evacuated, and no homes were damaged, a Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman said.
The service gas line was severed and ignited by a third-party construction crew preparing to pour cement when they hit the line with a stake, said Denise King of The Gas Company.
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Utility workers were called to the fire, in the 15300 block of Whitfield Avenue in Los Angeles. The fire was reported at about 4:20 p.m. and knocked down soon after, officials said.