4 Injured In Explosion At Downtown L.A. High-Rise
Four people were injured after an explosion rocked the basement of a high-rise in downtown L.A. Thursday night, leaving a dozen other buildings without power this morning.
The blast occurred around 10:10 p.m. in the 19-story tower located in the Financial District at 811 W. Wilshire Blvd., near the corner of Flower Street, according an L.A. Fire Department release. A fire also broke out in the basement of the building, and smoke was billowing out into the streets.
Though authorities are still investigating the cause of the explosion, they believe it may have been caused by a generator in the building. When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found that the basement was flooded with water and there were also electrical issues at the scene. The 161 firefighters on scene quickly knocked down the fire.
Firefighters found four adults with non-life-threatening injuries. Initial reports said there were five who were injured. A man suffering back pain and a woman with a headache were both taken to a hospital, and two other people declined medical treatment.
The building has been "red-tagged," meaning the Department of Building & Safety believes that it is temporarily unfit for use right now until the electrical and fire safety systems are restored.
There's widespread damage to the building, which houses offices, a bar, a nightclub and restaurant, KPCC reports.
Department of Water and Power told the AP that there are 12 other businesses in the area that are still without power this morning, though they believe they'll be able to restore power in all the buildings today except for the one that had the explosion.
Last night, the explosion even briefly knocked out the power to a Shania Twain concert at Staples Center nearby. The country singer, though, at the time, blamed the power outage on her band rocking out too hard:
Here are photos and video of the scene: