LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities say a fire that roared through a South Los Angeles commercial building caused $1 million in damage and left a firefighter with second-degree burns.

The fire at the one-story building in the 100 block of East Florence Avenue was reported at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke billowing from the structure.

One firefighter suffered second-degree burns to his hands and another firefighter “fell ill during the overhaul operation,” Humphrey said. Both firefighters have been released from the hospital and remain off duty as they recover.

The fire was kept to the structure and knocked down in 43 minutes, Humphrey said. It appeared to have started on the southwest side of the building and spread to the attic.

The fire’s source remains under investigation.

Damage was estimated at $600,000 for the structure and $400,000 for the contents, which included furniture, carpeting, mattresses and cabinets.

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  1. Joe Smith says:

    Let’s talk about before and after the disaster: the insuring public lacks the very basics of preparedness/recovery information. Perhaps share your opinion. Here’s mine: what of equity unless both sides are equally informed? It’s the content that matters…inside out.

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