The fire was reported to have been caused by the explosion of a gas main.
The gas for these parts is contained in the pipe d, which is connected to a pipe joined to the gas main in the street.
If you found a gas main near the gate, you could have gone around it; besides, the gate is out of your way anyhow.
If there was also an explosion of the gas main, the cause of the fire at the bridge is explained.
One of the torpedoes burst a gas main in the street where it fell, but firemen promptly extinguished the fire that ensued.
Turning back now to the gas main, let us consider the pressures actually existing.
One hand badly burnt, face and hair singed, Loveland was back in a minute from his errand at the gas main.
They made a turning, and went on, always following the little wire that had been looped along the joints of the gas main.