At least 11 Los Angeles Firefighters were injured after blaze went wrong in the city’s downtown area, putting others in the intensive care unit, said CNN report.
LAFD Medical Director Dr. Marc Eckstein said four were taken to the Burn Intensive Care Center at Los Angeles County USC Medical Center.
He added that of those two firefighters were put on ventilators “to protect their airway, which showed some early degree of swelling from inhalation of the super-heated gases.”
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph M. Terrazas said the LA Firefighters initially responded to a fire near Little Tokyo and Skid Row on Saturday evening when “light to moderate” smoke was coming out of a building,
According to LAFD spokesman Capt. Erik Scott said “The building was locked, so the crews had to use power saws to force their way in.”
He added that some firefighters entered on the ground while others climbed up on a ladder to try to ventilate the roof.
However, firefighters started to hear a rumbling, high-pitched sound and a call was made for everyone to get out.
Then suddenly, an explosion shot flames and smoke into the sky, forcing the crew members had to “go through a fireball” when they were coming down the ladder.
“It was like going through “a 30-foot-tall blow torch,” Scott said.
“After, on the street you could see the firefighters’ protective equipment had been pulled off — coats burned, parts of helmets melted,” he said. “The fire truck parked across the street had char on it. The seats in the truck began to burn,” he explained.
LAFD said. the fire may have started at Smoke Tokes Wholesale Distributor, which reportedly a supplier for those who make butane honey oil.