May 23, 2018

1 killed, 3 injured in explosion in California

16 May 2018, 10:10 | Taylor George

One person is dead after an explosion at an office building

One dead after explosion at Aliso Viejo office building

"We are trying to understand was the explosion an accident or an explosive device went off", said Pennesi.

The fire at the building at 11 Mareblu - an outpatient medical clinic - was quickly doused following the roughly 1:10 p.m. explosion.

The powerful blast blew out almost the entire bottom floor, officials said.

Authorities initially indicated a vehicle had crashed into the building, but Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

According to the Orange County Fire Authority, the explosion occurred on the first floor.

Investigators are considering the incident as an intentional act, due to the size of the explosion.

Federal sources told the NBC4 I-Team that an explosive device was delivered to the Aliso Viejo building at some point during the day, though it's unclear when.

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Orange County Sheriff's Cmdr.

Of the three people who were injured, Ms. Braun said, two suffered "significant" injuries while the third complained of smoke inhalation.

A deputy with Orange County Sheriff's Department told KTLA the explosion was caused by a gas leak and the area is being evacuated. McWilliams says one woman had skin peeling on her arm.

The investigation is still in its early stage and authorities had begun processing the inside of the building, he said.

There was no immediate information about the person who was killed.

Shin said he and others hurried down the stairs to get out of that building, and saw "two holes in the wall" of the medical facility. All were taken to a hospital, she added. No children were hurt, officials said. Babies were seen being wheeled out of the facility in cribs, and toddlers held hands with each other and firefighters as they walked to a nearby Target for safety. Officials said the structure, which fire officials described as a medical office building, appeared to be under construction.

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