Update: Los Angeles fire captain lost use of hands after DTLA smoke shop explosion, chief says

  • Source: KTLA-TV WB 5 Los Angeles
  • Published: 05/21/2020 06:55 PM

On the heels of a downtown Los Angeles warehouse explosion that left 12 firefighters injured over the weekend, inspections at similar businesses will soon be underway to help keep firefighters aware of increased danger. On Thursday Chief Ralph Terrazas told KTLA once the L.A. Fire Department completes its investigation into the fiery explosion at Smoke Tokes, a distributor and wholesaler of smoking and vaping products, that happened around 6:30 p.m. Saturday near San Pedro and Third streets, inspections will begin to identify similar businesses that may be storing volatile materials that could increase the threat to responding firefighters. Terrazas said LAFD personnel also plan to work to ensure businesses of a similar nature display a diamond placard that serve as a warning to firefighters. “If they arrive on scene of a building of this type they will have an indicator of the type of contents that would exist in the building,” Terrazas said.


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