Los Alamos police, firefighters, the state fire marshal and AFT are investigating the early morning explosion at Caballo Peak Apartments on Canyon Road. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com
The Los Alamos County Bomb Truck is on scene at Caballo Peak Apartments where an early morning explosion injured one man and caused the evacuation of the building. Photo by Hope Jaramillo/ladailypost.com
At this time, the Los Alamos Police Department and Los Alamos Fire Department are continuing to work at the scene of the explosion that occurred early this morning at Caballo Peak Apartments as an active investigation.
A structural and utilities investigation of the affected buildings needs to be completed in order to be sure they are safe for occupancy. As such, LAPD does not yet have an estimated time that residents of the Caballo Peak apartments will be able to return home, and it is likely no further update will be available before 5 p.m. today.
Residents of Caballo Peak should not plan to return to the complex until further notice from LAPD.
Should the situation continue into this evening, Emergency Management Cmdr. Beverley Simpson is working with the Red Cross on possible options for shelter for apartment residents and additional information will be forthcoming at 5 p.m. today. Those who have specific, urgent or emergency needs to have access their apartment before 5 p.m. – such as a need to retrieve required medications – should call the 311 Customer Service Center with their name, phone number and apartment number, and 311 will coordinate requests with the Public Information Office and LAPD to address the request on a case by case basis.
Residents of Caballo Peak are asked to contact 311 and not LAPD Dispatch: The phone number for 311 is either 311 from a land line, or 505,.662.8333 from a cell phone.
Note: Another update is expected to be released on this developing situation at 5 p.m., today. If additional information becomes available prior to that time, the County will coordinate with 311 and LAPD to release that information.