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A Burbank homeowner was severely injured Monday in an explosion that destroyed his unattached garage and two vehicles parked inside the structure. Adjacent garages were also damaged by the early morning fire in an alley behind a house in the 8000 block of South Natchez Avenue.
Firefighters responded to the scene about 2:30 a.m. Monday. Police say the homeowner was alerted to the fire by a barking dog. When the man went to the garage to investigate, an explosion occurred.
Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the fire. A spokesperson from the Burbank Fire Department speculated the explosion may have been the result of a "backdraft" when the man opened a door to the garage.
A backdraft explosion can occur when oxygen is reintroduced to a fire in an oxygen-starved environment.
The victim was taken by ambulance to the burn unit at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood for treatment of his injuries. Information about the 23 year-old man’s medical condition was unavailable Monday afternoon but police do not believe his injuries to be life-threatening based on initial reports from the hospital.