South Lake investigators seek clues in Denny’s blast |

South Lake investigators seek clues in Denny’s blast

Jeff Munson and Paul Dunn
Sun News Service

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — An explosion at Denny’s restaurant in South Lake Tahoe rocked the area of Al Tahoe and Lake Tahoe boulevards at around 3 this afternoon, breaking windows and sending three people to the hospital.

The source of the explosion is under investigation. Officials at the scene said they believe it may have been caused by natural gas.

The explosion knocked out a portion of the front end of the building facing Lake Tahoe Boulevard, exposing beams and shattering glass.

Three people were hurt in the explosion, receiving cuts. One person was reported as a 20-year-old male, who was transported to Barton Memorial Hospital for shrapnel to his body, according to police scanner reports.

A nursing supervisor at Barton Memorial Hospital reported three people were treated and released for cuts suffered from the explosion.

The source of the explosion has not been identified other than a potential gas leak. The matter does not appear to be criminal in nature, according to a South Lake Tahoe police officer.

Dozens of people, including a class from the Lake Tahoe Fire Academy, stood outside the building near U.S. Bank to watch as crews mopped up the scene.

A building inspector and a fire inspector are at the site, sifting through the rubble. It is unknown at this time how many people were inside the restaurant when the explosion happened.

While the building didn’t collapse, there was obvious damage to the front and sides of it, with shattered glass and shredded safety glass on the ground.

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