Cause of explosion at West Sacramento apartment still unknown as residents remain displaced

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By Yosi Yahoudai
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A community is ill at ease after dozens of people were evacuated Sunday morning due to an explosion at Washington Courtyard apartments.”When the explosion went off, it felt like a freight train or a bomb explosion. They could feel it across the complex,” said Francis Schinn, whose family was at their apartment when the explosion happened.The call about an explosion came in at about 10:30 a.m., and most of the damage occurred on the north side of the property.Andrew Vandyke, who has lived at the complex for almost eight years, said he rushed over as he heard the news.On Monday, residents like Vandyke were escorted in and out of the building as a fence surrounded the 14-unit building.”I got a call from one of the residents on Messenger telling me, ‘Oh your dog is trapped inside the apartment. The house blew up just next door’ and so, I’m just thinking my dog is on fire, so I just got in my car and was probably driving faster than I should have but I got here probably faster than the ambulance, ” Vandyke said.Vandyke, his 9-year-old son and his dog are staying with family members. He recently moved to the building where the explosion happened, as his original unit was remodeled.While there are rumors about a gas leak, a spokesperson for the city of West Sacramento said it’ll be a few days before they determine the exact cause. The building has been redtagged until authorities determine its safety.Paul Hosley, the West Sacramento spokesperson told KCRA 3 that he’s unaware if the unit at the center of the explosion was occupied. The Red Cross is helping many of the 38 people impacted by the explosion. See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

A community is ill at ease after dozens of people were evacuated Sunday morning due to an explosion at Washington Courtyard apartments.

“When the explosion went off, it felt like a freight train or a bomb explosion. They could feel it across the complex,” said Francis Schinn, whose family was at their apartment when the explosion happened.

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The call about an explosion came in at about 10:30 a.m., and most of the damage occurred on the north side of the property.

Andrew Vandyke, who has lived at the complex for almost eight years, said he rushed over as he heard the news.

On Monday, residents like Vandyke were escorted in and out of the building as a fence surrounded the 14-unit building.

“I got a call from one of the residents on Messenger telling me, ‘Oh your dog is trapped inside the apartment. The house blew up just next door’ and so, I’m just thinking my dog is on fire, so I just got in my car and was probably driving faster than I should have but I got here probably faster than the ambulance, ” Vandyke said.

Vandyke, his 9-year-old son and his dog are staying with family members. He recently moved to the building where the explosion happened, as his original unit was remodeled.

While there are rumors about a gas leak, a spokesperson for the city of West Sacramento said it’ll be a few days before they determine the exact cause. The building has been redtagged until authorities determine its safety.

Paul Hosley, the West Sacramento spokesperson told KCRA 3 that he’s unaware if the unit at the center of the explosion was occupied. The Red Cross is helping many of the 38 people impacted by the explosion.

See more coverage of top California stories here | Download our app.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.