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Electrical Explosion in Santa Monica Burns 40 Percent of Man’s Body

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A man transported to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood reportedly suffered from burns to 40 percent of his body after an electrical explosion in Santa Monica. (Thinkstock)

One man suffered burns over 40 percent of his body and another worker was less critically injured in an explosion in an electrical room of a large mixed-use condominium complex on June 10, authorities said.

Firefighters were sent to 1725 Ocean Avenue at 11:48 a.m. on the report of an electrical explosion in the basement, said Santa Monica Fire Dept. Deputy Chief Tom Clemo.

The most severely injured worker was taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, and the other patient was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, Clemo said. Their names were not released.

Firefighters ventilated the structure and prevented anyone from entering until Southern California Edison crews arrived. The cause of the explosion and injuries were under investigation by SCE and the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health, better known as Cal/OSHA.

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