BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — An explosion at a downtown Bakersfield apartment complex has left two people hospitalized.
A massive hole in the south wall of an apartment complex is the result of an explosion that happened around 2 p.m. Thursday afternoon in the 300 block of 20th Street.
The explosion happened at an apartment on the second floor of the building. The Bakersfield Fire Department confirmed two people were hospitalized with moderate-to-major injuries.
“Crews then began to explore the second floor which was original floor that was involved, the third floor, above and the first floor below, to evacuate all occupants,” said Battalion Chief Brian Bowman of the Bakersfield Fire Department.
City and county firefighters, PG&E, Hall Ambulance, and the Bakersfield Police Department were all on the scene.
The cause is currently under investigation by both the city fire department and PG&E but fire officials say the cause may be from a possible gas leak within the structure that could have found an ignition source.
The Bakersfield Fire Department says there is no immediate danger to surrounding buildings. They shut down utilities in the apartment complex and officials say there’s nothing to lead them to believe there’s a gas leak outside the structure itself.