Firefighters extinguish garage fire caused by natural gas explosion in Signal Hill

Los Angeles County firefighters quickly extinguished a garage fire caused by a natural gas explosion in Signal Hill on Thursday evening.

The fire department arrived to the 2100 block of North Ohio Avenue at about 4:30 p.m. to find a two story home with all the windows and door broken out and a fire in its garage, spokeswoman Leslie Lua said. The explosion appeared to blow out all the windows of the house and glass flew all the way across the street.

All the occupants of the home were already outside and firefighters declared knockdown of the fire at 4:36 p.m.

Paramedics transported two patients with minor injuries to a local hospital, according to spokesman Sean Ferguson. It’s unclear if they were in the house or outside when they were injured, he said.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with new information that two people were injured. 

A national gas explosion blew out all the windows at two-story home in the 2100 block of Ohio Ave in Signal Hill Thursday, November 5, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Fire, police and city officials stand outside a home after a national gas explosion blew out all the windows at a two-story home in the 2100 block of Ohio Ave in Signal Hill Thursday, November 5, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

Officials talk to a man out front of a home after a national gas explosion blew out all the windows at a two-story home in the 2100 block of Ohio Ave in Signal Hill Thursday, November 5, 2020. Photo by Thomas R. Cordova.

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Valerie Osier is a breaking news and crime reporter for the Long Beach Post. She’s a Riverside native who found her love for journalism while at community college. She graduated from the Cal State Long Beach journalism program in 2017 and covered the Palos Verdes Peninsula for the Daily Breeze prior to coming to the Post. She lives in Long Beach with her husband and two cats.
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