Blast at California building that killed 1 may have been intentional

Aliso Viejo blast: Mystery explosion kills woman in Orange County California

Aliso Viejo blast: Mystery explosion kills woman in Orange County California

There was no immediate information about the person who was killed.

Children at a day care across the street from the building were evacuated.

This image taken from cellphone video shows a building after a fatal explosion in Aliso Viejo, Calif., Tuesday, May 15, 2018.

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

A woman was killed and at least three other people were injured Tuesday in an explosion and fire at a medical building in Aliso Viejo, prompting a large-scale response by fire and sheriff's officials working to determine what caused the blast.

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

A US official briefed on the investigation, speaking on condition of not being identified by name, told The Associated Press the explosion is being investigated as intentional and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package.

The official said the information was based on a preliminary investigation. All patients were evacuated and rescue service County orange.

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Nothing indicates there were any threats made before the blast, which appeared to be concentrated in a suite on the first floor of the office building, Sawyer said. Investigators said they hadn't yet located an explosive device and were searching through debris. An intense investigation including local law enforcement - but also involving members of the FBI and other federal agencies - was immediately set into motion.

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

McWilliams said she saw two women walking out of the building, suffering from burns and covered in ash and soot. The other woman was burned and her head was bleeding.

Little children holding hands and others being pushed in rolling cribs were led by firefighters to a Target parking lot to be united with parents. Aliso Viejo is about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles.

"When I was playing outside I heard the big crash, I thought it was a garbage truck but it was a building that smashed", his son, 6-year-old Kingston, said, according to the station.

The explosion, in a normally tranquil South Orange County city, prompted the evacuation of nearby businesses and a school filled with children, officials said.

Bommarito said one of the injured people suffered from smoke inhalation, but the extent of the other victims' injuries was unknown.

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