LOS ANGELES – Four people sustained minor injury, when an explosion rocked the basement of a high rise office building in downtown Los Angeles Thursday night.
The thunderous explosion, reported at 10:10 PM on August 20, 2015, brought scores of Los Angeles Fire Department personnel to 811 West Wilshire Boulevard in the Financial District of downtown Los Angeles.
Firefighters arrived quickly to find evidence of an explosion and fire on the first subterranean level of a nineteen story office building, discovering four adults with non-life threatening injury. Though two persons declined care, a woman with a headache and man with back pain were later taken by LAFD ambulance in good condition to area hospitals for further evaluation.
One hundred-sixty one firefighters under the command of Assistant Chief Donald Frazeur quickly confined the fire and controlled smoke to discover blast damage, a large volume of water and possible electric issues in the basement. Though there was widespread damage, initial fears for the building’s structural integrity proved unfounded. The building was however “red-tagged” as being temporarily unfit for occupancy by the Department of Building & Safety, until electric service and fire safety systems could be restored.
Local electrical service, as well as the dewatering of the flooded basement were to be handled by the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power. Monetary loss from the explosion and fire is still being tabulated.
Though a large generator in the building is suspect as being involved, the cause of the incident remains under active investigation.