Large fire engulfs commercial buildings in Boyle Heights; four injured firefighters

Several commercial buildings in Boyle Heights were engulfed in flames Monday afternoon, injuring four firefighters who were taken to hospital, officials said.

More than 180 firefighters took two hours to extinguish the blaze, which was reported at 2:12 p.m. in the 2800 block of East 11th Street, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said.

The flames eventually spread to five connected commercial structures and the roof of one building partially collapsed, he said.

Firefighters carried out defensive operations: they did not enter any of the burning buildings, but instead sprayed water from outside and doused adjacent structures to prevent the fire from spreading.

Nineteen fire engines and 13 trucks responded to the blaze, enough to allow for crew swaps so fully geared firefighters could relieve themselves of the extreme heat, Prange said.

Los Angeles Times

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