Monterey Park Neighborhood Evacuated After House Explodes

A series of explosions shook a home in Monterey Park Sunday morning, forcing police to evacuate the area, authorities said.

The explosions touched off a raging fire just before 2 a.m. at the corner of West Markland Dr. and Ferdinand Ave.

Flames could be seen shooting through the home’s roof and windows.


Smoke could be seen pouring from the house (KTLA)

Everyone inside the house managed to escape uninjured.  But the large structure appeared to be a total loss, according to the Monterey Park Fire Department.

About a dozen homes in the area had to be evacuated, and neighbors said they were rattled by the situation.

“I was watching TV and playing with my dog. I heard a big explosion.  It sounded like a bomb,” area resident Hector Valdez said.

Firefighters described the blasts as “unusual.”

The cause was under investigation.