11 firefighters injured, multiple buildings damaged after explosion in downtown L.A.Matt Boster
Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: May 18 2020 10:22 AM
LOS ANGELES CA.: Eleven firefighters were injured and multiple buildings were set ablaze after an explosion in downtown Los Angeles Saturday, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The blast was reported around 6:30 p.m. while firefighters were responding to a fire at a one-story structure at 327 E. Boyd St., just outside Little Tokyo, according to LAFD.
LAFD Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said the firefighters did what they usually do: Some went in through the front of the building, and the rest went up on the roof. But things didn’t seem right, he said.
The smoke pressure inside was escalating and it was getting hotter.
The officer in charge directed everybody to get out quickly, and as they were trying to leave, the explosion rang out, the fire chief said.
Yesterday, 11 Los Angeles firefighters were burned in a horrific explosion as they descended an aerial ladder from the roof. All 11 are in the burn unit, 4 in the burn unit ICU, and 2 are on ventilators. They have a long road ahead.
Some of the firefighters injured were from the first arriving units from LAFD Station 9, located in Skid Row. Station 9 is the busiest firehouse in the world, responding to over 35,000 calls a year