BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA) – A man was seriously injured and two dogs were rescued following an explosion at a Boyle Heights home Thursday afternoon.

The explosion was reported just after 12:30 p.m. at a one-story home in the 1100 block of South Lorena Street, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

A 45-year-old man was rushed to a hospital with critical injuries. Firefighters rescued two dogs from the home.

The explosion caused structural damage to the walls, roof and interior of the home, the fire department reported.

“The roof was actually lifted and there are substantial cracks throughout that building,” LAFD Capt. Erik Scott said.

The cause and circumstances of the explosion were still unknown, LAFD said.

A view from Sky2 of the scene of a house explosion in Boyle Heights on Oct. 11, 2018. (CBS2)

It was unclear if any nearby homes were evacuated. There was no word of any arrests.

Victor Corona said he was working in his shop nearby when he heard a noise down the street.

“I heard the noise like a ‘Boom!,'” Corona said. “And I think, you know, somebody hit a car.”

Inspectors with the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety were on scene.



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