6 Firefighters Injured, 2 Hospitalized, After Battling Blaze in El Sereno

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Six firefighters were injured, two of them hospitalized, after battling a blaze at a vacant building in El Sereno on Sunday, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded to a fire at a two-story commercial building on East Valley Boulevard near Soto Street (map) around 11:30 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas said.

Nearly 200 firefighters battled the blaze, with six sustaining minor injuries and two being hospitalized and listed in stable condition.

The building was believed to have been vacant for a year, but its contents slowed the firefighters, Terrazas said.

“We found that there was excessive storage on both the first and second floor and it was boarded up with plywood all the way around so we had significant forcible entry challenges,” he said.

Police were involved in determining the cause of the fire, Terrazas said.