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1 Hurt In Hollywood Blast Linked to ‘Improper Use’ Of Insecticide Fogger

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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — One person was hurt Monday after a small explosion and fire broke out in a Hollywood apartment building, authorities said.

Fire crews responded to a reported injury along the 1300 block of Fuller Avenue shortly before 7:50 a.m., according to LA City Fire spokesman Brian Humphrey.

The small fire was extinguished upon firefighters’ arrival, Humphrey said.

One victim was hospitalized for unspecified burn injuries, according to Humphrey.

Investigators believe the cause of the fire may have been the improper use of an insecticide fogger, Humphrey said.

“Commercial insecticide foggers that can be purchased at the store come with a very long list of safety instructions,” Humphrey told KNX 1070 NEWSRADIO. “We found that as firefighters that very few people read those instructions, oftentimes thinking that where one is suggested, maybe more devices would be better.”

A pilot light or cigarette igniting the gas released from the can are among the possible causes of an explosion, according to Humphrey.

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