An El Rio explosion injured three people and destroyed a home at the intersection of Lemar Avenue and Cortez Street on November 24, 2018. Ambulances took three people to hospitals. Captain Stan Ziegler, of the Ventura County Fire Department, described the injuries as “significant.”
The VC Star newspaper reported that there was one large explosion, possibly followed by other, smaller explosions. A fire followed the blast. Safety personnel from the county ruled that the house is uninhabitable. The road in front of the house was covered with debris.
Captain Denise Silva of the Sheriff’s department said that deputies reported seeing a baby, a young woman, and an adult male, all with burns. The details of their injuries is not yet known.
Responding to the incident were fire crews from the cities of Oxnard and Ventura, as well as Ventura County.
El Rio is an unincorporated community north of Oxnard, just west of Los Angeles.
Suffering from El Rio explosion
Burn injuries, like the injuries suffered by people in the El Rio explosion and fire, can be dangerous. The severity of burns is measured by how deeply they penetrate the human body. First degree burns, the least dangerous, damage the epidermis, the first layer of skin. Second degree burns, which are more serious, damage both the epidermis and the dermis, the second layer of skin. Third degree burns are very serious, and damage both layers of skin as well as the fat layer under the skin and nerves. Fourth degree burns, which are rare but very dangerous, damage muscles, blood vessels, tendons, or bones.
It takes a long time to recover from serious burns. There is a great deal of pain involved, as well as scarring. There is a significant threat of infection. Medical treatment for burns is expensive, and could possibly be needed for years.
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