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Oxnard home destroyed, another damaged in possible gas explosion

Oxnard home destroyed, another damaged in possible gas explosion
An Oxnard firefighter keeps water on a smoldering home in the 1600 block of E. 1st Street after an explosion and fire gutted one home and damaged two others. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Firefighters were working to secure a gas leak after a possible explosion destroyed a home and damaged another in Oxnard early Thursday.

At least three homes have been evacuated in the 1600 block of East 1st Street after flames ripped through a home, which was not occupied at the time, Oxnard Fire Battalion Chief Sergio Martinez said. No injuries were reported.

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Firefighters arrived about 2:50 a.m. to discover the home fully engulfed in flames, possibly from a gas leak explosion, he said.

As firefighters doused the flames, the home began collapsing and a gas line was sheared.

Flames also spread to a neighbor's home, damaging it and displacing four occupants, Martinez said.

The cause of the blaze remained under invesigation.

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