At least eleven firefighters were injured in the explosion of a hash oil processor in downtown Los Angeles, three of them severely, urban fire department spokesman Erik Scott told the Los Angeles Times.
Firefighters received an alarm call near the Little Tokyo district at around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday. While searching for the deflagration site, they were hit by an “extremely strong, enormous temperature” explosion that melted some firefighters’ helmets.
Eleven of them were burned, three of them severely. All were taken to the Los Angeles County Medical Center. There is no fear for the life of either of them.
The fire required more than 240 soldiers to control it. The place was identified as a hash oil distributor. The causes of the fire are being investigated.