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Just 1 Firefighter Remains Hospitalized After Massive Weekend Fire In DTLA

Firefighters gather near the scene of the Smoke and Toke fire in downtown Los Angeles. (Chava Sanchez)
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Good news in that huge fire and explosion that injured 12 firefighters this weekend at the Smoke Tokes wholesaler in downtown Los Angeles.

Eleven firefighters were injured seriously enough to be hospitalized, but tonight, Los Angeles City Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas says just one is still in the hospital. The chief says that firefighter is in stable condition and beginning his recovery.

A GoFundMe page organized to benefit the injured firefighter, identified on the site as Captain Victor Aguirre, has reached more than $130,000 of a $150,000 goal.

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The cause is still under investigation and the ATF is helping with that probe. A nearby location also operated by Smoke Tokes was the scene of another major fire in 2016.

Chief Terrazas said this week that the department will inspect vape and smoke shops around the city to make sure they're all in compliance with fire codes.


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