The apartment building at the corner of Benezet and Ardleigh streets where the gas explosion occurred.

The apartment building at the corner of Benezet and Ardleigh streets where the gas explosion occurred.

by Pete Mazzaccaro

PGW workers were busy Tuesday morning repairing a gas main that had caused an explosion at an apartment building at the corner of Benezet and Ardleigh streets in Chestnut Hill.

The blast, which happened around 1:30 a.m. on Monday morning, Feb. 16, sent glass and bricks flying into the sidewalk and road.

The leak was the result of a crack in the 6-inch iron gas main.

No one was injured in the blast, but residents of the building – 10 people in all – had to find shelter elsewhere because the building was declared unsafe.

One resident, Richard Jordan, told CBS news he felt lucky to be alive. He had been home with his wife and their dog.

“The Lord was looking out for us,” he said.

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