Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Man dies in explosion in Simi Valley commercial building

One man died Thursday afternoon when an explosion tore through a commercial building in Simi Valley and forced officials to evacuate buildings within a half-mile of the scene, officials said.

Firefighters found the body amid the rubble of the partially collapsed building in the 400 block of Easy Street, the Ventura County Fire Department said.  The victim was described as a male adult.

Two other people inside the building at the time of the explosion escaped uninjured, Fire  Capt. Ron Oatman said. The blast was reported about 1:15 p.m.

Police at the scene said people inside the building were working "with some kind of alternative fuel," according to Oatman.

He said investigators had not determined what type of explosive materials were stored in the building or what sparked the explosion

--Robert J. Lopez
Comments () | Archives (0)


Recommended on Facebook


In Case You Missed It...


About L.A. Now
L.A. Now is the Los Angeles Times’ breaking news section for Southern California. It is produced by more than 80 reporters and editors in The Times’ Metro section, reporting from the paper’s downtown Los Angeles headquarters as well as bureaus in Costa Mesa, Long Beach, San Diego, San Francisco, Sacramento, Riverside, Ventura and West Los Angeles.
Have a story tip for L.A. Now?
Can I call someone with news?
Yes. The city desk number is (213) 237-7847.


Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: