Chief: LA fire captain injured in blast has lost use of both hands

Supporters have started a fundraiser for Los Angeles Fire Department Capt. Victor Aguirre, who was one of 12 LAFD members injured in the explosion


By Laura French

LOS ANGELES — A Los Angeles fire captain who was injured in the explosion last weekend that left 12 firefighters injured has lost the use of both his hands, Chief Ralph Terrazas said in an update. 

As of last Wednesday, Capt. Victor Aguirre was the only LAFD member who remained hospitalized after the blast at a smoke and vape business on May 16, Terrazas said in a tweet

Terrazas told KTLA that Aguirre sustained third-degree burns and has lost the use of both his hands.

"He was the last one off the roof," Terrazas told KTLA. "He made sure all of his firefighters were down before he exited the roof."

A fundraiser has been created to help Aguirre and his family during his hospitalization and recovery. The GoFundMe raised more than $160,000 in one week. 

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