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Gas explosion, fire strike vacant building in Virginia Beach

Posted at 7:17 AM, Jul 31, 2014

Virginia Beach, Va. – A fire and gas explosion rocked a vacant building in Virginia Beach this morning.

The blaze happened in the 300 block of 15th Street at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront. 15th Street from Pacific to Arctic is blocked.

Fire officials say a squatter in the building had a light on, but they do not know what sparked the blast, only that it was gas-related.

A neighbor who lives next door to the building was treated for injuries from flying glass.

The neighbor reported seeing a light in the empty building and thought it was strange before the explosion happened.