Downtown Los Angeles explosion: 3 injured, 2 critically, in fire at commercial building

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Three people were injured, two critically, in an explosion and "heavy fire" in an industrial area of downtown Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon, fire officials said.

The explosion occurred around 12 p.m. at a textile business located in a row of commercial structures near 7th and S. Kohler streets, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Three men were hurt, including two who were severely burned and in critical condition, fire officials said. The third patient was in fair condition after suffering unspecified injuries.

Witnesses reported the explosion was very loud and rocked the area.

The Fire Department declared a "major emergency" after 137 firefighters responded to the scene and were in a "fully defensive mode."

Just over an hour after the blast, the LAFD announced that the fire was extinguished. No other buildings were seriously damaged.
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At least three people were injured in an explosion and "heavy fire" in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.


The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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