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Fire in South L.A. building knocked down

January 9, 2011 |  4:27 pm

A firefighter suffered minor injuries Sunday during a major blaze at an unoccupied two-story commercial building in the Baldwin Hills/Crenshaw neighborhood of South Los Angeles, a fire official said.

About 130 firefighters responded to the flames at 3941 S. Buckingham Road at 1:15 p.m., and six ambulances arrived as a precautionary measure, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales said. Forty minutes into the fire, fire crews were ordered to leave the building.

"Whenever a fire gets above any of the resources on scene, they have to remove themselves and do a general surround-and-drown where our heavy streams are put into operation and we attack the fire from the outside," Gales said. "After a bulk of the fire was knocked down, they went back into the interior which was already heavily damaged to put out the residual flames."

The fire was knocked down in less than two hours. The injured firefighter was transported to a local hospital. The cause of the fire is under investigation.


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