A natural gas fire in southern Florida on Friday night left three people dead, and officials say they believe the blaze originated in an underground gas storage facility.
The Florida Department of Environmental Protection said in a statement that the blaze was ignited around 8:30 p.m. in a large underground storage facility that houses a gas storage tank.
The fire was contained to the site, and the fire is still burning.
“The fire spread rapidly to the south, and has burned a significant amount of space in the containment building, as well as the adjacent fire pit,” the statement said.
It said the cause of the fire remains under investigation.
The fire in a storage facility for natural gas is an ongoing issue in the United States, with a number of fires and explosions occurring.
Earlier this month, a massive explosion at a natural gas storage site in Pennsylvania left two people dead and injured five others.
The natural gas pipeline rupture that triggered the fire has been blamed on corrosion and corrosion-related issues.