Natural Gas Explosion Reported Near Hollywood & Highland Complex

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The Los Angeles Fire Department says one patient was evacuated, suffering from unknown injuries.

An explosion occurred at 1724 N Highland Ave. due to a suspected gas leak on Wednesday evening, according to a release from the Los Angeles Fire Department, which reported the location as a restaurant.

The first floor of the building is being evacuated, the LAFD reports, while other floors are sheltering in place. One patient was evacuated, suffering from unknown injuries. The LAFD is conducting gas readings and "technical search" to ensure that the floors above the first floor are safe. 

The building is located on one of the busiest stretches of Hollywood, steps away from the much-trafficked Hollywood & Highland Center, which is home to the famous Chinese Theater. 

When reached by The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday evening, the LAPD corroborated the explosion, saying that it had occurred at the 1800 block of Hillcrest Rd. "We currently have the fire department out there trying to determine what caused the explosion and LAPD out there assisting," LAPD public information officer Tony Im told THR.

Im was not able to confirm whether the explosion occurred at a restaurant. Im said that a 25-year-old woman had complained of a pain in her right ankle after the explosion.

The LAFD did not have any additional information on the explosion at this time.