UPDATE, 10 p.m. Fire still burning. BFD says problem is that shutting off gas would leave many residents without heat, adds, "This scene is expected to be active well into tomorrow."
Around 6:10 p.m. in front of 340 Hyde Park Ave., across from Pagel Playground.
Three National Grid workers were burned when the ten-inch main caught fire and were taken to the hospital, the Boston Fire Department reports.
Ed Gryzb reports:
They’ve been doing construction there all day. I smelled gas as I drove by about an hour ago.
The main was exposed in an 8x5 hole.
Firefighters went to nearby houses to turn off their gas. Around 7:50 p.m., the Fire Department evacuated nearby homes - after having MBTA buses brought in to provide shelter.
The fire was still burning at 8:34 p.m.