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Explosion Destroys L.A. Apartment House

Friday, 24 May 2002 12:00 AM

"We have nothing further to indicate that there was any other source," Deputy Fire Chief Jim Hill said.

One man was critically injured, and two other people were hospitalized because they were traumatized, according to Mayor James Hahn.

L.A. firefighters found the building in Encino fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. They immediately requested reinforcements from surrounding areas. More than 130 firefighters were at the scene.

Large chunks of concrete and plaster were strewn about in a debris field around the shattered apartment building.

The blast came amid recent concerns from federal anti-terrorism officials that Osama bin Laden's al-Qaeda could have been plotting to fill apartments with explosives and detonate them.

"We have a bomb technician going to the scene with several agents, as is routine in a situation like this. But it's just a precaution. There is absolutely no indication there's any link to terrorism," FBI spokeswoman Laura Bosley said earlier Friday.

The explosion was reported shortly after 11 a.m. PDT and was immediately upgraded to a third-alarm response, according to fire department spokesman Bob Collis.

"It sounded like an earthquake," neighborhood resident Ada Fallick told KNBC-TV.

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