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Los Angeles authorities say two firefighters were hurt in falls while battling flames that tore through a downtown commercial building

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LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles authorities say two firefighters were hurt in falls while battling flames that tore through a downtown commercial building.

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says it took crews about 45 minutes to knock down the blaze Tuesday at Smith & Company, a metal-fabrication business.

The fire burned through the roof and gutted the building, sending up a huge plume of smoke visible for miles. Firefighters managed to prevent the flames from spreading to adjacent structures in the industrial neighborhood.

Humphrey says the injuries to the two firefighters are not considered life-threatening.

The cause of the blaze was under investigation. A damage estimate was not immediately released.

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