2 Firefighters Hurt in San Gabriel Store Blaze

Two cars in an alley outside the building were charred in the blaze, and the flames may have spread to two adjacent buildings

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    Residents were asked to shelter in place as a stubborn fire that ripped through a business complex in San Gabriel continued to flare up, injuring at least two firefighters. Robert Kovacik reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. Thursday, May 15, 2014. (Published Friday, May 16, 2014)

    At least two firefighters were hurt battling an hours-long blaze that erupted in a San Gabriel business complex Thursday night, officials said.

    The fire was reported about 7:20 p.m. at a T-Mobile cellphone store in the 200 block of South San Gabriel Boulevard, officials said. Firefighters were still battling the blaze as of 11 p.m. Thursday night.

    Residents were asked to shelter in place and keep windows and doors shut due to the burning plastic from the T-Mobile store and a nearby gift shop.

    Aerial video showed at least two firefighters being transported from the scene. One was shocked by electrical equipment, and the other was treated for heat exhaustion.

    "These are firefighters that were on the first alarm, the first arriving unit, so they’ve been actively firefighting for abut 45 minutes now and you can tell it's really hot outside, it's very difficult, really tight, tough smoke conditions," San Gabriel Fire Chief Jim Frawley said.

    Two cars in an alley outside the building were charred in the blaze, and the flames may have spread to two adjacent buildings.

    Smoke could be seen from the 10 and 210 freeways.

    It is believed that the fire started in the back of the building. Investigators were at the scene early Friday morning to determine the cause of the blaze.

    Samia Khan contributed to this report.

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