Los Angeles Police Department cruiser.
Photo by John Schreiber

A natural gas leak caused an explosion that destroyed a garage in West Hills Wednesday, damaging homes but injuring no one.

Images from the scene showed splintered lumber, roof shingles and other debris scattered in the rear of a single-family home in the 7500 block of Sale Avenue, near Saticoy Street.

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Wreckage was also scattered in the yard and on the roof of an adjacent home and a piece was even lodged high in a nearby tree.

Five homes sustained damage, according to a report from the scene and police later reported that building inspectors red-tagged three homes, meaning they were deemed unsafe to enter.

The blast was reported just after 3 p.m., according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Firefighters were seen evaluating two children at the scene, but Stewart said no one was injured and no one was taken to a hospital.

Crews worked to make sure all utilities were shut off and the Southern California Gas Company, which responded to the scene, initially reported there were no gas appliances in the garage and the explosion did not appear to be related to natural gas.

Police investigated the possibility that illegal drug production was involved, but ultimately reported that the blast was caused by a natural gas leak.



–City News Service

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