11 hurt in explosion at Los Angeles-area building

2014-04-30 09:25
An injured worker is moved toward a waiting ambulance after an explosion was reported at a business in La Habra, California. (Bruce Chambers, The Orange County Register, AP)

An injured worker is moved toward a waiting ambulance after an explosion was reported at a business in La Habra, California. (Bruce Chambers, The Orange County Register, AP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

California - An explosion and fire possibly caused by a dust buildup at a Southern California metal-polishing shop injured 11 people on Tuesday, including two men who were critically burned, fire officials said.

The blast occurred in an overhead duct system shortly before 10:00 in an industrial area of La Habra, a Los Angeles suburb. It took more than 50 firefighters about 40 minutes to douse the resulting fire.

TV news reports showed workers with blackened faces and hands outside the plant, which was identified on a company website as Gorilla's Polishing. It is part of Gorilla's Chrome, which plates and polishes metal, particularly car wheels.

Mike Bremer, an operations manager at the neighboring VIP Rubber, told the Orange County Register that he felt the explosion in his office.

"It made my heart jump up into my throat," Bremer said. "This felt like a bomb going off. It was one big, loud explosion and a steam sound after that."

'Chaotic'

Bremer ran outside and saw about 20 to 30 employees from Gorilla's Polishing standing outside the burning building.

"It was chaotic. A couple of people I saw were burned, badly burned," he said. "They had their shirts off."

The blast and fire injured 11 people, including two men who were taken to hospitals in critical condition with third-degree burns over 90% of their bodies, Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Scott Miller said.

Most of the others suffered smoke inhalation, he said.

A preliminary investigation suggested lint and dust in a duct system caused the explosion, Miller said.

Employee David Lopez, aged 32, told the Register that the employees were polishing tire rims at the time of the explosion.

- AP
Read more on:    us
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/News
 

This is what South Africans Googled in 2014!

Find out who and what South Africans were most curious about in 2014!

 
 

I love summer.24

This hilarious song is your new holiday anthem
The world's least visited destination is breathtaking!
LOL treadmill fail!
Google’s top searches of 2014

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

2DAYS ONLY – 30% off Appliances

Coffee makers, blenders, fans, juicers and more. T&Cs apply. Shop now!

2 DAYS ONLY – 40% off books

Get 40% off when you buy 2 books. For two days only! T&Cs apply. Buy now!

Up to 50% off on outdoor gear

Save on chairs, blankets, cooler bags, umbrellas and more. Shop now!

Save on Samsung

Cameras, mobile phones, TVs, Tablets and more. While stocks last. Shop now!

Grand Theft Auto 5

Now available on PS4, Xbox One and PC from R649. Buy now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

You may be emotionally defensive or reserved today. You need to step up today as there may be extra responsibilities to deal with....read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.