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Downtown Explosion Damages Building, Ignites Small Blaze

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A late-night explosion rocked the lobby of a 15-story building on WIlshire at Bixel, igniting a small blaze, according to KTLA. LAFD officials believe the 2:14 a.m. "blast may have been related to record-breaking electricity use during Monday's extreme heat wave."

The explosion originated from within an electrical vault located on the first floor of the Samaritan Medical Tower. The blast blew out the front door; most of the surveyed damage seems to be in the lobby. During yesterday's intense, record-breaking heat there had been several "localized blackouts" along Wilshire due to the strain on the area's electricity supply.