1 person killed in explosion at California medical facility

Hannah Rogers
May 16, 2018

The blast at the two-storey building in Aliso Viejo, south of Los Angeles, also injured two people. Pacific time of a possible explosion at a two-story building in Aliso Viejo, California.

A US official says a deadly explosion at a Southern California office building is being investigated as an intentional act and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package.

All nearby buildings including a preschool were evacuated by officials in the wake of the explosion.

Police investigators and FBI agents are studying the causes of the explosion, and they assure that there is no lingering threat to the community.

"The corner of that building, the whole bottom floor is pretty much blown out", fire Capt.

Dong Shin said he had seen "fire, smoke, insulation popping out of the walls, a lot of scared people running around, a lot of commotion". She and the three injured were likely in close proximity to the explosion, Sawyer said.

Federal Bureau of Investigation spokesman Mike Gifford said there is no initial indication of terrorism.

Orange County Fire Authority Chief Brian Fennesy said they received a call around 1:09 p.m.

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Mary McWilliams told The Register that she arrived for an appointment to find smoke surrounding the area and auto alarms going off.

Officials declared a second-alarm fire and hazmat situation, and crews successfully extinguished a fire at the building after the explosion.

One woman, who had skin peeling on her arm from burns, said, "Take care of my mother", McWilliams said.

Authorities said they are not actively seeking a suspect. The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

Dave Sawyer says authorities haven't determined whether the explosion was accidental or intentional.

Authorities say one person is dead and two others have injuries after an explosion rocked a Southern California office building.

Little children holding hands and others being pushed in rolling cribs were led by firefighters to a Target parking lot to be united with parents.

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