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Gas explosion in Columbia Gas of Virginia territory destroys house

A gas explosion in Columbia Gas of Virginia Inc. service territory destroyed one home, injured nine and set fire to a neighboring house in Chesapeake, Va., according to local news reports.

The Chesapeake Fire Department responded to calls reporting on the explosion, which occurred in the evening of Oct. 14, the department said in a tweet. Columbia Gas crews also remained onsite to assist first responders. "The situation has been made safe," Columbia Gas of Virginia said in an Oct. 14 update. The Chesapeake Fire Marshall's office is investigating the cause of the explosion.

Columbia Gas of Virginia is the third-largest natural gas utility in the state, serving over 262,000 customers. It is a NiSource Inc. regulated utility company.

A month ago, a series of explosions and fires hit communities near Boston, a deadly accident caused by overpressurization in a gas system operated by another NiSource utility, Columbia Gas of Massachusetts.