One person killed in explosion at California medical facility

Children are seen being wheeled out in cribs as crews evacuate the preschool Academy on the Hills after a fatal gas leak explosion at a nearby office building

Bommarito said one of the injured people suffered from smoke inhalation, but the extent of the other victims' injuries was unknown.

Children are seen being wheeled out in cribs as crews evacuate the preschool Academy on the Hills after a fatal gas leak explosion at a nearby office building.

The Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) said the explosion occurred on the first floor. Surrounding buildings have also been evacuated.

Authorities had not found an explosive device Tuesday night but were searching through debris that was left after the blast. The person who died was inside the building when the blast occurred.

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.


Carrie Braun, a spokeswoman with the Orange County Sheriff's Office, said: "We are still trying to determine if this explosion was accidental or intentional". ". I saw two women come out full of blood, hair singed, just glass stuck to the hair, glass stuck to their bodies". The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

This photo taken from video provided by KABC-TV shows a building after an explosion in Aliso Viejo, California, May 15, 2018. OCFA said a bomb squad was sent in to assess the situation and investigate the cause of the blast.

Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennessy says 10 engines and 70 firefighters were dispatched in response to a 1:09 p.m. Tuesday call from Aliso Viejo.

It wasn't immediately clear how many people were hurt, but authorities said there were at least two patients transported. The cause of the blast was being investigated.

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