About 10 firefighters injured as hundreds battle Los Angeles blaze

Firefighters push ambulance cots at the scene of a structure fire in Los Angeles on Saturday night. (AP pic)

LOS ANGELES: About 10 firefighters were injured in downtown Los Angeles Saturday evening when a fire in a commercial building caused an explosion and spread to nearby structures, fire officials said.

Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said the condition of the wounded firefighters was not known.

Some 230 responders battled the blaze as it spread to multiple buildings in the city’s Little Tokyo area downtown.

“Firefighters have moved to a defensive posture for fire attack, and a medical branch has been created for treating and transporting injured firefighters,” the fire department said in a statement.

Flames could be seen billowing from the area at 7.30pm, about an hour after the blaze began.