Monte Nido home explosion under investigation


The fire erupted shortly after 5 p.m. in a rental home attached to a main house in the small unincorporated community of Monte Nido, between Malibu and Calabasas.

Hazmat and narcotics teams planned to enter the building to determine if a drug lab was involved.

Three men in their early 20s were hospitalized with moderate to serious burns, more than 20 to 30 percent of their bodies.

A man who was visiting a few doors away saw the badly burned victims.

"They were more in a state of shock, I'd say," said Bryan Campbell, a witness. "They just kind of had that empty look."

Firefighters managed to put out the blaze in eight minutes.

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