Friday, 19 October, 2018

One person killed in explosion at California medical facility

1 killed 2 injured in Aliso Viejo gas leak explosion 1 killed 2 injured in Aliso Viejo gas leak explosion
Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2018, 09:25

The county's bomb squad and a hazmat team are preparing to search the building where the explosion occurred. One person was confirmed dead on scene and two others were injured.

Initial reports of the explosion claimed a auto crashed into the building around 1 p.m. and that the explosion was not considered suspicious.

Although the cause of the blast was still unknown, Bommarito told reporters around 3:30 p.m. that there was "no immediate hazard" to the community.

The Orange County Fire Authority said one person who was inside the building in Aliso Viejo died at the scene. The condition of the injured were not immediately known.

There were unconfirmed initial witness reports that the blast may have been a gas explosion, but Bommarito said it is rare for such gas-fueled blast to occur in a commercial building.

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A CBS LA reporter noted that investigators were taking photos of every vehicle leaving a parking lot across from the scene.

The explosion at the office building in Aliso Viejo - about 50 miles (80.5 kilometers) south of Los Angeles - blew siding off the walls, exposing insulation and framing.

"We have not found any type of specific device inside of the building right now that would tell us or lead us to exactly what the device was - if there was a device", Sawyer said. The building is on a cul-de-sac; another large medical building for Memorial Care Medical Group is next door, and a private preschool, Academy on the Hills, is across the street.

Emergency services have closed the westbound carriageway of Pacific Drive.

Roads were shut down in the area of Oso Parkway, Moulton Parkway and La Paz Road, the Orange County Sheriff's Department tweeted.