At least 11 firefighters have been injured in a blast that happened while they were responding to a massive commercial building fire in downtown Los Angeles.
Firefighters initially responded to a report of a fire at a one-story commercial building around 6:30pm, and there was “nothing unusual” until the explosion occurred after they entered the building.
The Los Angeles Fire Department immediately issued a major emergency “mayday” call, sending more than 200 others to the scene to contain the blaze that jumped to several neighboring buildings.
Major fire in Little Tokyo/downtown Los Angeles at San Pedro and Third. Dangerously close to Skid Row residents, senior and low income housing. Major smoke screen, ash is raining for blocks. pic.twitter.com/s4coh3xbgq
The condition of the injured was not immediately clear, as Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted: “My thoughts are with our brave @LAFD firefighters.”
Sounded like a flyover but no. FIRE! A few blocks away from my loft in #DTLApic.twitter.com/LOUT21pMAW
The fire was largely brought under control in about an hour, but multiple fire crews remain at the scene.
URGENT: Massive explosion in #LA— debries raining from the sky pic.twitter.com/R4ihXTDAuM
The cause of the fire has yet to be determined, as well as what exactly was inside the building that caused the blast. The fire apparently started at a warehouse belonging to “a supplier for those who make butane honey oil,” better known as cannabis oil, according to LAFD Capt. Erik Scott.
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