LA explosion: Firefighters search building shattered by gas leak

LA explosion in a commercial building kills one man and left another critically injured by a downed power line.

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LA explosion: Members of the Los Angeles Fire Department urban search and rescue team survey damage after a suspected natural gas explosion at a welding shop collapsed part of the building hurling two workers into the street, killing one and leaving the other in critical condition, Friday, July 30, in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles firefighters are searching a commercial building that was shattered by an apparent gas leak explosion that killed one man and left another critically injured by a downed power line.

Fire Capt. Stephen Ruda says natural gas or another industrial gas may have built up overnight and was ignited at about 6:15 a.m. Friday.

An explosion collapsed the front of the wooden building and hurled a worker into the street where he was wedged under a car.

Ruda says a man working across the street was critically hurt when he went to move his truck away from the wreckage and was jolted by 34,500 volts from a downed electrical line.

A secretary says the business made metal security fences and the owner usually arrived in the morning to start a furnace used in heat-curing coatings.


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