Sunday, May 29, 2011

L.A. Downtown Blaze Spreads To Nearby Buildings

By Martin Nate Rawner, FireFighting News

It took Los Angeles Firefighters a little over an hour to control a spectacular blaze that spread from an outdoor type supply warehouse to two commercial buildings at 1171 East 10th Street in Downtown Los Angeles. Firefighters first on scene immediately went to heavy streams, setting up ladder pipes and wagon batteries due to the intense flames. The fire spread to a one story brick building to the north and a second taller brick building, possibly two stories, to the east. Firefighters also were aware of power lines running up alongside the street.

One L.A. Firefighter injured his back and was transported to a local area hospital via Paramedics in stable condition.

Smoke from the fire could be seen for miles around downtown Los Angeles. Damage was extensive, the cause of the 1:30 AM blaze is under investigation.

An injured pit-bull dog could be seen in the area suffering from burns on its body, possibly a watch dog.

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