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City Crews Searching for Original Source of Tuesday's Gas Fire

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CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -

City crews continued their search Wednesday for the natural gas leak that led to an explosion and fire that paralyzed a portion of the city's southside on Tuesday.

At one point, around 1,100 AEP Texas customers were without power. Residents, businesses and even two area schools -- Mireles Elementary and Kaffie Middle School -- were affected by the outage.

Kiii News Reporter Brian Burns went Live at the scene of Tuesday's fire, near the intersection of Saratoga and Cimarron, with the latest details.

Utilities have been restored and the public is in no danger, according City Gas Department officials, but crews are still trying to find what set off Tuesday's explosion.

The fire broke out when crews were searching for a reported gas leak and their jackhammer apparently ignited a pocket of gas underneath a sidewalk. That explosion ignited a nearby gas main.

Jaime Luna with the City Gas Department said crews have one job now.

"It's basically damage control," Luna said. "They're going ahead working with the other utilities to make sure they get their service back as soon as possible, and the main job of our Gas Department is to try and find that original leak. Find out how that occurred or where it came from."

Work crews are being very cautious not to damage adjacent utility lines while they continue to hunt for what may be a very small leak.

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