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Explosion in Los Angeles injures firefighters, leaves multiple buildings on fire

An explosion in downtown Los Angeles Saturday has injured at least 10 firefighters and left multiple buildings on fire as hundreds of firefighters respond, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The department issued a "mayday call" and called the explosion a "major emergency," according to a Saturday alert.

In a separate alert, the department said that, "over 230 firefighters are responding. Firefighters have moved to a defensive posture for fire attack, and a medical branch has been created for treating and transporting injured firefighters."

Firefighters were called to East Boyle Street in the city at approximately 6:30 p.m. local time over a fire at an area one-story commercial building, The Associated Press reported.

Two fire department helicopters were available to take injured firefighters to a hospital, NBC Los Angeles reported.

The condition of the injured individuals was not immediately known, according to the AP.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted his support for the first responders, saying, "My thoughts are with our brave  @LAFDfirefighters. Closely tracking this situation as we continue to get more information." 

 

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