07/14/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley
Los Angeles, CA—A massive structure fire, complete with explosions and flying debris that reached into a South Los Angeles neighborhood, injured three firefighters who were battling the blaze. The fire ignited at a titanium recycling facility, United Alloys, located on the 700 block of East Slauson Avenue on Wednesday, July 13, 2010, reports ABC13.
At around 11:45 p.m., about 200 firefighters arrived at the scene where they found the entire building completely engulfed in flames.
Firefighters initially doused the blaze with water, but because of the volatile chemicals and materials inside the building, explosions occurred and flames intensified due to the bad reactions. Firefighters reportedly had a difficult time getting the fire under control.
Flaming debris was reportedly raining from the building, including fiery chunks of titanium, which showered the firemen below. The burning debris even damaged several fire engines.
Two firefighters sustained burn injuries, while another fireman suffered a concussion-type injury to his ear from an explosion. The injured fighters were transported to an area hospital for treatment. They are all expected to survive.
Fire investigators will be looking into the cause of the massive blaze.
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