Reported explosion at Ocean Beach apartment results in small fire, sends 1 to hospital with burns

One person suffered burn injuries Wednesday afternoon in a reported explosion and apartment fire in Ocean Beach, authorities said.

Firefighters responded to reports of the explosion about 2:20 p.m. at a two-story garden-style apartment complex on Bacon Street near Cape May Avenue, according to fire officials. Light smoke was coming from roof vents when the first crews arrived and quickly doused a second-story blaze.

“One person was burned and transported to UCSD (Medical Center) as a trauma patient,” San Diego Fire-Rescue spokeswoman Mónica Muñoz said.

The cause of the fire wasn’t immediately known, but firefighters knocked down the flames, which were contained to a single studio apartment, within 10 minutes.

Soon after the blaze was extinguished, arson investigators, hazmat specialists and police detectives swarmed the dwelling.

“Because of the injuries that happened during the fire, we have everybody come and investigate to eliminate every non-issue, to determine the actual cause of the fire,” Battalion Chief Ed Kinnamon told OnScene TV.

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