Explosion Rocks Caballo Peak Apartments

An early morning explosion blew out the window of this unit at the Caballo Peak Apartments today at 3301 Canyon Road. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

The State Fire Marshal is on scene at the site of an explosion inside this unit early this morning at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. AFT is expected to arrive within the hour. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

 

By CAROL A. CLARK
Los Alamos Daily Post
 
An early morning explosion inside a unit at the Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road injured one man and forced the evacuation of the entire building.

“The explosion was confined to one apartment unit and the fire department extinguished a small fire inside that apartment,” Los Alamos Police Cmdr. Preston Ballew said this morning. “The County’s building inspectors are here determining the extent of structural damage, if any, from the explosion.”

Ballew said no other persons were injured as a result of the blast.

“This is an active criminal investigation,” Ballew said. “This is very preliminary information … we have a lot of work to do here. This investigation is being conducted as a joint command with all the appropriate agencies.”

Ballew added that the State Fire Marshal is on scene and AFT is expected to arrive within the hour.

The Caballo Peak Apartment Complex at 3301 Canyon Road is owned by 3301 LLC, which is a partnership of Los Alamos residents Jim Hall and his son, Marcus Hall, who manages the complex. Jim told the Los Alamos Daily Post moments ago that there is a water leak inside the unit where the explosion occurred but because responders are not yet entering the unit, the water has been shut off to the entire building.

He also said that he was told the man injured in the blast is 25 to 30 years old and was airlifted to the Burn Center in Denver.

Caballo Peak Apartments was developed and operates with federal housing financing. The property utilizes the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Federal housing program to make rent affordable to lower income tenants.

Check back at ladailypost.com for more on this developing story.

The scene of an early morning explosion today inside an apartment unit on Canyon Road. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com

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