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Two dead, one in critical condition after fire in East L.A. tire-muffler shop

July 26, 2010 | 11:33 am


Los Angeles fire officials discovered two bodies as they mopped up an early morning fire Monday at a commercial structure in East L.A.

The names and ages of the victims had not been confirmed, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Devin Gales.

Earlier, a 61-year-old man was pulled alive from the large rectangular building at 830 S. Esperanza St. and was taken to Los Angeles County USC Medical Center in critical condition.

Firefighters were called to the scene about 6:30 a.m. and knocked down flames an hour later, Gales said. The building housed a tire and muffler business, he said.

Investigators aren't sure why the people were there at such an early hour, but they think there may have been living quarters inside, officials said.

-- Catherine Saillant


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Photo: Los Angeles Fire Department investigators inspect the scene of a fire that damaged a commercial building in East L.A. and left two dead and one man in critical condition early Monday morning. Credit: Al Seib / Los Angeles Times