Natural Gas Explosion Seriously Injures 2 in El Cajon Apartment

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A Heartland Fire and Rescue engine. Courtesy of the department

An explosion, possibly from a gas stove, rocked an apartment in El Cajon Wednesday evening, injuring two people.

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The blast was reported about 7:55 p.m. at the Lincoln Palms Apartments at 165 Lincoln Ave., according to Capt. Sonny Saghera of Heartland Fire & Rescue.

One victim, a 61-year-old woman, suffered second-degree burns on 30 percent of her body and a 74-year-old man suffered first- and second-degree burns on 25-30 percent of his body, Saghera said, adding that the explosion blew out a window.

Both victims were taken the UC San Diego burn center.

Sheriff’s bomb and arson investigators were sent to investigate the cause of the blast.

— City News Service

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