Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

1 person killed in explosion at California medical facility

1 person killed in explosion at California medical facility

Agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives were at the scene Tuesday night. The blast caused extensive damage to buildings in the area, Sawyer said.

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report. No children were injured, officials said.

Officials reportedly said the person who died is a woman and was near to the source of the explosion, The Orange County Register reported. "Investigation is in early stages, as information is confirmed we will share it".

Orange County Sheriff's Cmdr.

"Anytime you see an explosion of this magnitude, it would definitely be suspicious to us and that's why we rolled out all the resources to get to the bottom of it", he said.

Tony Bommarito of the Orange County Fire Authority said, according to NBC News.

He told reporters that fire crews found one person dead at the scene after what he described as an "obvious explosion".

McWilliams said she saw two burned women staggering out of the building, covered in ash and soot. McWilliams says one woman had skin peeling on her arm. The condition of the injured were not immediately known.

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

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

The identity of the female victim who was killed, has yet to be released.

By mid-afternoon, officials said they did not believe there was any further threat to the community.

Chief Fennesy noted the building where the explosion occurred was being renovated. They expected a lengthy investigation to determine the cause.

Fennessy said children at a day care across the street were not injured. They were being reunited with parents at a nearby store parking lot.

"The survivors' injuries were consistent with an explosion, but not necessarily consistent with a bomb".

The initial call came in about an hour ago, at which point 10 engines and 70 firefighters were dispatched.

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