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Deadly California Blast Caused by Explosive Device

17 May 2018

A voicemail recording at her business said the spa was closed through Monday and would reopen Tuesday, the day of the blast. Based on a preliminary investigation, authorities said they believed the victim was the owner of the spa who may have been targeted.

Irene White, a friend, read a statement Wednesday on behalf of Krajnyak's family, calling her death "a complete shock".

"She took great pride in finding beauty in everyone", White said. She said the family is cooperating with investigators. When Krajnyak was home, she cared for her mother, who needed constant care, the neighbor said.

Orange County Undersheriff Don Barnes said the formal identification of the body is continuing Wednesday but authorities believe the victim is Ildiko Krajnyak, a 40-year-old licensed cosmetologist.

"We have not found any type of specific device inside of the building right now that could tell us or lead us to what exactly the device was, if it was a device", Commander Dave Sawyer of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said at a press conference.

The Tuesday blast in Aliso Viejo, situated about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, killed one woman and injured three other people.

Krajnyak lived in the Orange County community of Coto de Caza.

"She worked so, so hard, always trying to make money to support her family and sent her son to private school", one neighbor named Tiffany told the Times.

The house in Trabuco Canyon was owned by Krajnyak and her estranged husband, and the couple were facing foreclosure.

Michael Balsamo is an Associated Press writer.

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Authorities on Wednesday said the deadly explosion that took place at a medical office building in Aliso Viejo the previous afternoon was intentional.

The sheriff's department is partnering with the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who will assist investigators. Investigators said they hadn't yet located an explosive device and were searching through debris. Delacourt said accidental causes of the explosion, like a gas main break, had been ruled out.

The two customers injured underwent surgery Wednesday and were expected to survive. No children were injured, officials said.

The officials were briefed on the investigation but not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Attorney Andrew Bisom, who represented Krajnyak and Ronilo Vestil during the Chapter 13 bankruptcy proceedings, said they were far along on their mandated payment plan but hadn't completed it.

No arrests have been made, nor have officials identified a suspect or suspects. Some witnesses said they initially thought it was an quake but soon realized it was some type of explosion as smoke filled the area.

The explosion is being investigated as a crime.

Orange County sheriff's experts along with FBI, the ATF and other federal agencies are investigating the cause of the blast.

Two officials said investigators believe the blast was caused by an explosive package that was specifically targeting the office where the explosion occurred.

The explosion sparked a fire at 11 Mareblu at about 1:10 p.m. Tuesday, but it was quickly doused after a large-scale response by fire and sheriff's officials. A corner of the building had appeared to cave in, with siding blown off and windows shattered, due to the force of the explosion.

Deadly California Blast Caused by Explosive Device