2 LAFD firefighters hurt during massive house fire

The firefighters were injured after a floor partially collapsed; one suffered an ankle injury and the other had second-degree burns

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES — Two firefighters were injured early Wednesday after flames swept through a two-story home in Koreatown and surrounded them, officials said.

The firefighters were tackling flames at about 1:08 a.m. inside the 3,484 square-foot home in the 800 block of South Crenshaw Boulevard when they were briefly trapped by debris, said Brian Humphrey, spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

As flames surrounded the pair, the first floor, which is over a basement, gave way, he said.

One of the firefighters suffered a significant ankle injury. He was released from the hospital and remains off duty.

The other firefighter suffered second-degree burns to up to 10% of his body and small burns to his hands, Humphrey said. He was taken to the Grossman Burn Center at West Hills Hospital.

The cause of the fire was not immediately known, Humphrey said.

It took more than 100 firefighters and nearly an hour and a half to tackle the stubborn flames inside the home, which was built in 1927, Humphrey said

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