Los Angeles firefighter killed in explosion

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A Los Angeles firefighter has been killed by an explosion while investigating reports of smoke coming from manhole covers near Los Angeles International Airport.

The ten-year veteran of the department was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fire officials say it does not appear the firefighter was hit by a cover. He and a fellow firefighter were trying to get into a utility room when an explosion ripped through the stucco walls of an adjacent building.

Officials are investigating the cause of the blast.

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