California Firefighter Seriously Injured in Blast

An Oakland firefighter suffered serious injuries after an explosion occurred at a motorhome fire Wednesday afternoon, according to The San Francisco Chronicle.

The unidentified firefighter sustained significant facial and oral trauma during the blast and is undergoing surgery, Battalion Chief Melinda Drayton told the newspaper.

He was listed last night in serious but stable condition.

Crews responded to the vehicle fire on the 4200 block of Redding Street at approximately 4:35 p.m. and arrived to find the owner attempting to put out the fire.

"One firefighter was performing a fire attack on the outside of the vehicle when the explosion occurred," Drayton said. "We've got fire investigators as well as (Oakland Police Department) bomb explosive guys coming out to the scene to do the investigation."

Officials don't believe the fire was intentionally set, and said it originated in the engine compartment.

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