Two men were taken to the hospital after a large house explosion in Valley Glen on Sunday night, according to fire officials. According to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert, firefighters responded to reports of an explosion in the 12700 block of West Archwood Street just before 9:30 p.m.
According to officials, the explosion severely damaged the one-story, single-family home and leveled the garage. According to LAFD spokesman Erik Scott, a 59-year-old man suffered significant burn injuries and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition.
According to Scott, the other seriously injured patient was a 46-year-old man who was buried in the explosion’s debris. Crews rescued the man from the wreckage and transported him to the hospital, where he was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Officials said a total of seven people were inside the house at the time of the explosion. Aside from the two men who were taken to the hospital, authorities said another adult man was injured but refused to be taken to the hospital.
Officials said the remaining occupants included a 65-year-old woman and three children, all of whom were unharmed. According to LAFD, a woman from a nearby home was also evaluated for injuries, but she declined further medical treatment. While the cause of the explosion was not immediately known, firefighters said they smelled a strong gas odor when they arrived on the scene.
Firefighters said there was no fire hazard and that the gas leak had been fixed around 11 p.m.