LIVERMORE (CBS SF) — Two men and a woman were severely burned by an explosion at a Livermore apartment building Saturday evening, according to the fire department.

Police and firefighters responded to the explosion at 3624 Silver Oaks Way, Apartment B, at about 5:15 p.m., where they found three victims who had been critically injured, police said.

Flames and smoke were coming from the apartment when firefighters arrived, and it took about 20 minutes to control the fire, according to the fire department.

A man and a woman with severe burns were found outside of the building, and police officers found another man inside the apartment, who had also been burned, police said.

The victims were taken by ambulances to Livermore High School, where they were airlifted by helicopters to burn centers, fire officials said.

The men, one in his 20s and another in his 30s, were taken to the Santa Clara Medical Center in San Jose. The woman, who was in her 20s, was taken to the University of California Davis Medical Center in Sacramento, according to the fire department.

The fire caused about $350,000 in damage to three units of the five unit building, officials said.

Four additional families living in the building were relocated until an inspection can determine the building’s safety, police said.

The explosion is under investigation by the Livermore Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Bureau. Its cause has not been determined.

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