Glendale, CA – On June 16, Glendale Fire Units responded to a report of an explosion at a 7-unit apartment building on the 1200 block of Viola Ave. The first fire company on scene reported people and debris outside of a multiple unit apartment building and proceeded to investigate further. After the initial investigation, a smell of gas was present; all utilities were immediately shut off. Although the explosion caused significant damage to the building and the units, fortunately there were no injuries to the occupants. In addition to responding fire units, Chief Julian requested city resources and the Gas Company to respond and evaluate the structure.
Glendale Fire investigators have determined the origin of the explosion to be in a utility room located in the subterranean parking garage. An open valve supplying natural gas created the environment capable of causing the explosion and the resulting damage. All of the occupants are displaced and the building remains yellow tagged for limited entry.
Photos by Jerry Jacobs