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Two firefighters injured in South Gate

October 14, 2011 |  9:18 am

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Two firefighters suffered minor back injuries Friday morning while fighting a persistent house fire in South Gate.

The blaze, believed to have started at about 5:30 a.m. in the attic, was under investigation, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Inspector Matt Levesque.

It burned through the roof of the two-story home at 3070 Santa Ana Street as more than 50 firefighters in a dozen engines battled nearly two hours to put it out.

One firefighter injured his back while on a ladder and was taken to the hospital. Another was hurt when the ceiling from the second floor collapsed on his back. He was treated at the scene, Levesque said.

The residents of the home, which had been converted into two residences, were not injured.

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Photo: Los Angeles County firefighters douse the smoldering ruins of a house fire in South Gate. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times

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