OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Crews were mopping up Tuesday afternoon at the scene of an underground gas fire in the Oakland hills that prompted the evacuation of six homes before it was put out shortly before noon.
The one-alarm fire was reported at Golf Links Road and Fontaine Street at 8:24 a.m., Oakland fire Battalion Chief Lisa Baker said.
PG&E crews were on scene digging into the asphalt to repair the natural gas line underground, she said.
Six homes were evacuated, and residents of other homes nearby were advised to shelter in place, Baker said. No injuries were reported.
James Gouig, 36, who lives at that intersection with his cousin, said he was at home Tuesday morning when he heard a knock at the front door.
At first he was annoyed because he thought it was a salesperson, he said. However, the person at the door turned out to be a neighbor telling him his front lawn was on fire.
He looked out and saw fire burning in an odd formation that consisted of straight lines, he said.
“It didn’t look right, so I called 911,” he said.
Gouig said it was a scary experience.
“I started thinking about the San Bruno situation and I started freaking out,” he said, referring to the September 2010 underground pipeline explosion that killed eight people in that city.
He said his next thought was what to grab from his home before fleeing; he ended up just taking his iPhone.