Edison Contractor Presumed Dead in Vault Blast Underground in Huntington Beach: Update

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See the update on a Southern California Edison contractor presumed dead in today's blast on the next page. Go here for the identity of the CAM Construction worker: "Brandon H. Orozco ID'd as Worker Killed in Surf City Vault Explosion"

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ORIGINAL POST, SEPT. 30, 1:27 P.M.: One person died this afternoon after a vault exploded in Huntington Beach.

The incident was reported at 12:16 p.m. in the 16200 block of Tisbury Circle, according to Huntington Beach fire officials.

Check back for updates as more details become available.

UPDATE, SEPT. 30, 4:15 P.M.: A Southern California Edison contractor apparently died in this afternoon's explosion in an underground electrical vault in Huntington Beach, according to authorities.

"Presumed" because conditions at the accident site in Huntington Harbour at Mistral Drive and Tisbury Circle kept crews from immediately searching the area, Huntington Beach Fire Capt. Bob Culhane told City News Service.

Meanwhile, electrical services were interrupted for about 350 ratepayers after the blast, which caused flames that were extinguished and the de-energizing of the vault within about an hour of the 12:16 p.m. incident, according to Culhane.

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