Woman killed in explosion at California medical facility

1 killed 2 injured in Aliso Viejo gas leak explosion

An explosion that rocked a Southern California medical workplace constructing on Tuesday, killing a lady and injuring three different individuals, is being investigated as intentional and investigators consider the blast could have come from a bundle, a US official informed The Related Press.

A powerful explosion tore through an Aliso Viejo office building that houses a medical office on Tuesday afternoon, killing a woman, injuring three other people and drawing a swarm of law enforcement officers who blanketed the scene amid a throng of curious and concerned onlookers. No children were hurt, officials said.

FBI spokesman Mike Gifford said the cause of the explosion is still unknown and the agency has sent resources to help with the investigation, which is being led by Orange County Sheriff's Department. Dave Sawyer said the size of the explosion made is suspicious.

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

The explosion blew siding off the walls, exposing insulation and framing.

Mary McWilliams of San Clemente tells the Orange County Register that she saw two women with burns stagger out of the building.

"As far as what I'm hearing there was no auto involved", Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said.

Authorities said the blast around 1:09 p.m. was centered on the ground floor of the building at 11 Mareblu in Aliso Viejo, a normally quiet street lined predominantly with businesses and other offices.

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Mary McWilliams told the Orange County Register she arrived for an appointment to find smoke surrounding the area and vehicle alarms going off.

McWilliams stated she noticed two burned ladies staggering out of the constructing, lined in ash and soot.

The injured were taken to a hospital and there's no immediate word on their conditions. Federal, state and local investigators were on the scene.

Tony Dik, whose son attends the preschool, told the station that it was emotional for parents who realized that their children were on the same street as the explosion.

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

At a mid-afternoon, Orange County Fire Authority Capt.

Fire and sheriff's officials said the building appeared to be undergoing some type of renovation.

Sawyer said that investigators were going through the interior of the building to find out a cause.

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