Fire, explosion in downtown Los Angeles injures at least 11 firefighters

LOS ANGELES — Several firefighters were injured and multiple buildings caught fire after an explosion rocked downtown Los Angeles late Saturday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The condition of the injured was not immediately known, but the Los Angeles Fire Department said at least 11 firefighters were hurt in the blast. News helicopters showed dozens of fire trucks at the scene. As firefighters aimed hoses at the building where the explosion occurred, others could be seen standing next to gurneys that had been readied for the injured, the Associated Press reported.

Firefighters were initially called to 327 East Boyd St. in the city’s Toy District for a report of a fire at a one-story commercial building. Firefighters entered the building, and there was nothing unusual until the explosion occurred. 

Firefighters respond to an explosion in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday that injured multiple firefighters and caused a fire that spread to several buildings, authorities say.

“We know we’re at risk when we go to any emergency, but we never want to see this happen. So we’re hoping that all these firefighters can recover,” Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange told KTLA.

The department, which said over 230 firefighters were responding to the fire, had issued a “mayday” call and characterized the incident as a “major emergency.” The fire spread to several nearby buildings, but firefighters were able to douse it in about an hour.

“My thoughts are with our brave @LAFD firefighters,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said on Twitter late Saturday. “Closely tracking this situation as we continue to get more information.” 

It was not immediately known what type of business was in the building or what caused the explosion.

Contributing: Associated Press

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