More than 230 firefighters are tackling a large blaze that has spread to several buildings following reports of an explosion in downtown Los Angeles.
The Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) tweeted that up to 10 firefighters were “down” but gave no further details about their injuries or conditions at this stage.
Massive explosion in DTLA. 10 firefighters possibly injured. A witness shot this video and said debris was raining from the sky @NBCLApic.twitter.com/LtzQpEqH37
— Darsha Philips (@DarshaPhilips) May 17, 2020
The LAFD said the fire appears to have started in a storage area in the basement of an apartment building located on East Boyd Street, near Little Tokyo in the southern area of the city.
Residents were safely evacuated from the building, with one needing hospital treatment for smoke inhalation.
At least four adjacent buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
The LAFD tweeted that “multiple buildings” had been affected by the blaze.
The incident was upgraded to a “major emergency” around 6.30pm local time.