Pete Demetriou

1 Firefighter in Critical Condition after Ferocious Fire in Boyle Heights

September 19, 2018 - 5:08 pm

LOS ANGELES (CNS/KNX 1070) - Three Los Angeles City firefighters are injured in a massive fire inside an import-export warehouse in Boyle Heights and one is in critical condition.

The blaze broke out about 12:45 p.m. in the 2800 block of East Pico Boulevard and burned through the roof of the building, which possibly housed some type of furniture business. It took 150 firefighters more than two hours to knock down the active flame inside this 200 by 400-foot warehouse-style building that was loaded with t-shirts, fabrics, synthetics and souvenir items. An investigation is underway into the circumstances of the roof situation that caused the injuries.

KNX reporter Pete Demetriou reports three LAFD firefighters were injured, with two firefighters injured as they helped a third who had fallen through the roof. According to LAFD PIO Erik Scott's Twitter, the three firefighters suffered burns, and one was transported to the hospital in critical condition. The other two are in fair condition.

Crews worked to prevent the flames from spreading to adjacent businesses, and appeared to have gained the upper hand on the flames within about 45 minutes. As for the cause, the owner of Fashion Imports Aaron Dutt says it may lie with an electrical crew that was inside replacing light fixtures.

This story is developing.

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