Natural gas explosion in the Bay Area injures one man

December 6, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A natural gas explosion caused a building to collapse around 8 p.m. in East Oakland at 87th Avenue and Dowling Street.

There was also a fire that injured one man very seriously with second and third degree burns over 80 percent of his body.

The fire department says the building owner was renovating an apartment when the explosion happened.

The specific cause of the explosion is unknown, but it is confirmed that construction work was underway.

PG&E inspectors are on the scene and say there is no evidence of any leak outside the building.