Firefighter, man injured in fire that damaged two Koreatown homes and garage structures

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A firefighter was injured when a roof partially collapsed while crews were battling a fire that damaged two Koreatown homes and nearby garages Friday, authorities said.

The blaze was first reported behind a house shortly before 2 p.m. in the area of Harvard Boulevard and Kingsley Drive, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Fire officials said witnesses reported hearing explosions, but it’s unclear where they rang out.

Photos and videos posted online showed plumes of dark smoke billowing over the area and flames rising from behind a home.

This incident was upgraded to a greater alarm structure fire, with nearly 80 firefighters working to battle the flames and stop from spreading to nearby structures, LAFD said in an update. The blaze was extinguished about 50 minutes later.

A man was also injured in the fire and was evaluated by paramedics. He refused to be taken to a hospital, LAFD said.

The injured firefighter was taken to a hospital in fair condition, the department said.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation and no further details were immediately available.

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