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Jul 30, 2010 12:15 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

At least one killed in L.A. building explosion

Fire officials say at least one person has died in an explosion that rocked a large South Los Angeles commercial building and hurled people into the street.

Fire Capt. Steve Ruda says the suspected natural gas explosion shook the two-story building housing a welding operation at 6:15 a.m. PT Friday and much of the structure collapsed. There were victims in the street when 100 firefighters arrived.

Ruda told KNX news radio that one person died and the department's urban search and rescue team was called in to search the collapsed structure for other possible victims. He says search dogs are at the scene because the splintered wreckage of the building posed a danger to firefighters.

He says two people were hurled out of the building and were wedged under cars. At least one was pinned under the axle of a car.

 

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