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Three firefighters hurt in Boyle Heights warehouse blaze

Three firefighters hurt in Boyle Heights warehouse blaze
A firefighter points towards a blaze above them as a commercial building continues to burn in Boyle Heights Wednesday afternoon. (Maria Alejandra Cardona / Los Angeles Times)

Three firefighters were injured in a blaze that broke out at a warehouse in Boyle Heights on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The massive commercial fire in the 2800 block of East Pico Boulevard was reported around 12:46 p.m., fire officials said.

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It took more than two hours and about 150 firefighters to put out the flames. The blaze had sent up a massive pillar of smoke that could be seen miles away.

Three firefighters battling the flames on the roof suffered some burns when the a portion of the roof gave way. At least one fell partially through the roof but managed to pull himself out with the help of the two others, officials said. The firefighters were able to escape from the damaged roof and were taken to a hospital.

Fire officials said contents inside the building appeared to have included clothing material. Property records show the commercial building was being used by a clothing wholesaler.

Officials said firefighters were able to prevent the fire from spreading to adjacent buildings.

The cause of the fire is under investigation , officials said.

3:27 p.m.: This article was updated to reflect that the fire was put out.

3 p.m.: This article was updated with the number of injuries and more details on the building.

This article was originally published at 1:40 P.M.

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