Fire, explosion in Los Angeles injures 11 firefighters
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An explosion on Saturday at a hash oil maker in downtown Los Angeles injured 11 firefighters who entered the building after an initial report of a fire and then had to flee to save their homes. life when a ball of flame exploded the building and burned down a fire engine across the street.
Los Angeles Fire Department captain Erik Scott said a “large explosion” rocked the neighborhood around 6:30 p.m. which was engulfed by fire.
He said those at the scene described the explosion as resembling a freight train or a jet engine. The fleeing firefighters ripped off their burnt protective gear and melted helmets, Scott said.
“It was one of the worst scenes I’ve seen,” he said.
Scott said the building was a warehouse for SmokeTokes, which he described as a “butane honey oil” maker. create a very potent concentrate also known as hash oil.The oil is used in vape pens, edibles, waxes and other products.
On its website, SmokeTokes advertises a wide variety of products, including “puff bars”, pipes, “dab” tools, vaporizers, “torches and butane” and cartridges. The company claims to be “an international distributor and wholesaler of smoking and vaping products and related accessories.” Founded in 2009, it offers “discounts to loyal customers, prompt delivery, an extensive product catalog and unimpaired customer service.”
Firefighters were first called to 327 East Boyd St. in the city’s Toy District with a report of a fire in a one-story commercial building. Firefighters entered the building and there was nothing unusual until the explosion happened, sending flames through the roof and a plume of smoke visible for miles into the clear blue sky.
More than 200 firefighters rushed to the scene, and dozens of engines, trucks and emergency vehicles blocked the streets. The blaze spread to several nearby buildings, but firefighters were able to extinguish it in about an hour.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – An explosion in downtown Los Angeles injured 10 firefighters on Saturday, and more than 200 others rushed to the scene as the flames spread to several buildings.
The condition of the injured was not immediately known. News helicopters showed dozens of fire engines at the scene. As firefighters pointed pipes at the long-armed building in the toy district of the town where the explosion occurred, others could be seen standing next to stretchers that had been prepared for the injured.
“My thoughts are with our brave firefighters @LAFD,” Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti tweeted. “Monitoring this situation closely as we continue to get more information.”
Firefighters were first called to 327 East Boyd Street around 6:30 p.m. for a report of a fire in a one-story commercial building. Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange said firefighters entered the building and there was nothing unusual until the explosion occurred.
The ministry launched a “mayday” appeal and called the incident a “major emergency”. At around 7:15 p.m., the fire appeared to be largely under control.
It was not immediately clear what was in the building or what caused the explosion. A business next door is a wholesaler for smoke and vape stores.