Southern California building explosion investigated as intentional

Geneva Stokes
May 17, 2018

A voicemail recording at her business said the spa was closed through Monday and would reopen Tuesday, the day of the blast.

A neighbor there who would only give her first name as Tiffany said Krajnyak lived there with her estranged husband and mother, whom she cared for.

The victim hasn't been formally identified but authorities said they believe it's Ildiko Krajnyak (IL-di-koh KRY-nyak), a cosmetologist who owned the day spa where the blast occurred Tuesday.

White also solicited donations to an online fundraising campaign to bring Krajnyak's son home from college and help pay for a funeral.

Associated Press writer Amanda Lee Myers.

Three others were injured in the blast - two are expected to survive after surgery and a third was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and released.

The woman who was killed inside the building was "in close proximity" to the explosion, Sawyer said.

A daycare center and preschool across the street was evacuated.

A deadly explosion at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo is believed to have been an intentional act and is being investigated as a crime, authorities said Wednesday.

"At this point, we do not believe this was an accident", said Paul Delacourt, special agent in charge of the FBI's field office in Los Angeles.

"We have not found any type of specific device inside of the building right now that would tell us or lead us to exactly what the device was, if there was a device", said Commander Dave Sawyer of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.

The officials say there have been no arrests.

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The Orange County Sheriff's Department stated in response to news reports: "Despite media reports quoting unnamed sources, we have not confirmed that the explosion is intentional, nor have we conclusively identified the source of the explosion".

The officials were briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke to AP on condition of anonymity. Based on a preliminary investigation, authorities said they think the victim was the owner of the spa and may have been targeted.

One woman was killed and three other people were injured in Tuesday afternoon's explosion in Aliso Viejo. But sheriff's officials said the size of the blast made it suspicious. Authorities said they had not yet located an explosive device and were searching through debris.

The Los Angeles Times, citing two law enforcement sources, reported that investigators believed it may have been caused by a package.

Two officials said investigators believe the blast was caused by an explosive package that was specifically targeting the office where the explosion occurred.

The FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are assisting investigators.

Neighbors said there was a lot of action overnight at the property, with 50 or more law enforcement officers descending on the quiet neighborhood and they began to investigate. It blew out walls and windows, heavily damaging the first floor corner of the two-story building and hurling debris outside, said Capt.

Bommarito said one of the injured people suffered from smoke inhalation, but the extent of the other victims' injuries was unknown.

Authorities did not actually enter the building until late Tuesday, trying to ensure there was no danger of additional explosions.

"When I was playing outside I heard the big crash, I thought it was a garbage truck but it was a building that smashed", 6-year-old Kingston Dik told KNBC-TV.

There's no word yet on a motive for the explosion.

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