California building explosion investigated as intentional

Larry Hoffman
May 17, 2018

Ildiko Krajnyak, 48, died and three other people were seriously injured in the blast at 11 Mareblu, in Aliso Viejo, California, on Tuesday.

Krajnyak lived in the Orange County community of Coto de Caza.

Prior to Barnes identifying the victim, her son told KTLA in a telephone interview that the family hadn't heard from Krajnyak since the explosion. Her face was covered in blood, he said. The neighbor says Krajnyak was her mother's caretaker and describes the husband as a massage therapist and nice man.

Associated Press writer Michael Balsamo in Los Angeles contributed to this report. Three search warrants have been served in connection with the investigation - at the day spa, at a location in Long Beach and another location in Trabuco Canyon, investigators said. Police investigators and FBI agents are studying the causes of the explosion, and they assure that there is no lingering threat to the community. Sheriff's officials said the size of blast made it suspicious.

The officials say there have been no arrests.

Bommarito said there didn't appear to be a gas leak.

The two patrons who were injured were undergoing surgery Wednesday and expected to survive.

Authorities say one person is dead and two others have injuries after an explosion rocked a Southern California office building. According to police, the explosion was a "deliberate detonation" - an explosive device was taken into the building and addressed to a specific person.

- AP is reporting that a USA official says a deadly explosion at a Southern California office building is being investigated as an intentional act and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package.

The sheriff's department is partnering with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who will assist the investigation.

A USA official briefed on the investigation, speaking on condition of not being identified by name, told The Associated Press the explosion is being investigated as intentional and investigators believe the blast may have come from a package.

The official was briefed on the investigation, was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

They believe the victim was in close proximity to the explosion, while the three others who were injured were likely near her at the time.

The Tuesday afternoon blast occurred in Aliso Viejo, which is about 50 miles south of Los Angeles. Throughout the medical office building, some windows and walls were blown out, while ceilings and roofs partially collapsed or caved in; debris landed in a nearby parking lot as well as the street, video showed.

Dave Sawyer says authorities haven't determined whether the explosion was accidental or intentional.

Shin said it felt like "a big quake", and as he and others rushed downstairs to get out of the nearby building, he saw two holes in the wall of the medical facility.

Shin said he also saw "fire, smoke, insulation popping out of the walls, a lot of scared people running around, a lot of commotion".

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