Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

1 dead, 2 hurt after explosion at California office building

1 dead, 2 hurt after explosion at California office building

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

An explosion at a medical office building in Southern California killed a woman and injured three people.

Orange County Sheriff's Cmdr.

Fire authority spokesperson Captain Tony Bommarito later updated that three others suffered injuries and were taken to the hospital.

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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.

A deputy with Orange County Sheriff's Department told KTLA the explosion was caused by a gas leak and the area is being evacuated.

Sky5 footage showed crews evacuating people-including children, some in cribs-out of the Academy on the Hills, a preschool across the building where the explosion happened.

There was a daycare located across the street from the building with the explosion, but officials confirmed no children were injured and they were working to reunite the kids with their families.

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Officials didn't consider the explosion suspicious and they found no explosive devices.

". They weren't on fire, they were helping each other across the street, walking very slowly and a lot of shock, shaking, just full of ash all over their face, eyes bloodshot, just blood all over", the woman said.

Bomb squad investigators and FBI agents are looking into what caused the blast but authorities said there was no lingering threat, according to NBC.

Authorities say they're trying to figure out whether the explosion was accidental or intentional.

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The Orange County Fire Authority said one person who was inside the building in Aliso Viejo died at the scene. No children were injured, officials said.

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