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Man Killed In Garage Explosion In Orange County

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Family members and friends of 47-year-old Erik Christensen spent the morning clearing and cleaning the garage where he died last night.

An arduous task with still so many unanswered questions about what caused the explosion that killed him.

"It sounded like a truck dropped on the roof", neighbor John Pritchett told me. "The explosion was that loud."

It was 11:15 Thursday night when the garage door came flying off Christensen's home on the 600 block of Oakmont Avenue in Orange.

"It had actually been blown out", said Pritchett. "There is glass everywhere."

Neighbors rushed to help the family, who they say has lived here for decades.

And while some grabbed a garden hose to put out a small fire, others tried to help Christensen, who they said was laying in the garage.

But as they got closer, they realized there was nothing they could do for him.

"It was bad", Pritchett said, describing the scene. "It looked like a bomb had gone off. I realized there was nothing we were going to be able to do for him."

There was nothing paramedics could do either.

Christensen was pronounced dead at the scene.

As to what caused the explosion, investigators are still trying to figure that out.

And so are Christensen's neighbors.

"I know he was a smoker", says Pritchett. "Maybe there were some fumes in the garage and that caused the explosion."

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