[UPDATE 7:55 p.m.] Major Explosion in Manila; ‘Structure on the Ground’
A “structure is on the ground” and there are several victims following an explosion on Young Lane between Manila and Arcata, according to scanner traffic a little after 5 p.m.
According to the Incident Commander at the scene, “We do have signs of a major explosion. Two burn victims at local hospitals and a third unconfirmed and unaccounted for.”
UPDATE 5:12 p.m.: Firefighters are being asked to acknowledge that there is not only hazards from downed power lines but also hazard from “butane.”
According to the Incident Commander, “Three potential victims from this incident have not arrived at the hospital and are still not accounted for.”
Also he is asking for a backhoe.
UPDATE 5:14 p.m.: The burn victims are at Mad River Hospital, according to dispatch.
UPDATE 5:21 p.m.:UPDATE 5:36 p.m.: According to a reader who sent in these photos below taken about 5 p.m., “We live around a mile away and felt the explosions before the smoke came up.” She says, the “flames have since died down a little….Neighbors are also saying it’s the sheds not the houses”
She also reports a dog was found running loose. “There is also a black lab that a bystander seen running from the [area] where the structure is,” our reader said. “She put the dog in her car and is trying to look for the owner.”
UPDATE 7:55 p.m.: More photos from the scene from Mark McKenna.