Two people were killed and two were seriously injured when a huge blast rocked a business in Rancho Santa Margarita last week in Orange County. The explosion shook the industrial area of this otherwise quiet city overnight. Luckily for those injured, the fire department was directly across the street and they sprang into action immediately to treat the seriously injured workers.
Although the blast is still under investigation, department officials believe that a huge water heater exploded in the rear of the building. The blast was so strong it damaged the outer façade of the building and pushed equipment into the walls of the structure. When the fire fighters ran into the structure, they found two dead night shift workers. Two other workers with serious injuries were transported to Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and the remaining two workers refused treatment.
The Orange County Fire Authority’s Hazmat team will be investigating this blast until all questions are answered. Was there a defect in this water heater? Was it installed improperly? If you’re been seriously injured by a defective product, remember to contact an experienced California personal injury attorney early so we can do our own independent investigation with the best experts available.