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The explosion of a house leaves 1 dead and 15 injured in Southern California

One person died and more than a dozen others were injured when a house exploded in southern California on Monday afternoon.

Equipment from the Southern California Gas Company was sent to repair a natural gas line that was reportedly damaged by a contractor working in a house in Murrieta, California. Murrieta Fire and Rescue were also sent to the property. Less than an hour after the crews arrived on the scene, the house exploded.

An employee of Southern California Gas Company was killed in the explosion, company spokesman Randon Lane told reporters at a press conference on Monday.

Another 15 people, including three firefighters, were injured and taken to a local hospital for treatment, said Murrieta's deputy head of fire and rescue, David Lantzer.

"Our sincerest sympathies are with everyone affected by the Murrieta incident," the Southern California gas company said on Twitter on Monday night. "Unfortunately, we lost one of our technicians today." It will be very missed. "

Crews stopped the flow of gas to the property while firefighters battled the fire.

It is not clear how many residents will be displaced as a result of the explosion.

There are no records of the contractor calling 811 as required by California law so that utility lines are marked at least two business days before the excavation, authorities said.