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A blaze that ripped through a two-story home in San Pedro Thursday injured a Los Angeles firefighter and a retired firefighter who went into the burning house to search for possible victims.

The fire, determined to be electrical in nature, was reported at 4:07 p.m. in the 3400 block of S. Gurnard Avenue, said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

One of the nearly four dozen firefighters sent to the scene sustained a non-life-threatening injury and was taken to a hospital for further evaluation, Humphrey said. He said a neighbor who is a retired LAFD firefighter sustained a minor injury and declined to be taken to a hospital.

City Councilman Joe Bucaino took to Facebook and Twitter to praise firefighters from keeping the flames from spreading to his home next door. He posted a photo of the flames.

“I would like to thank the Los Angeles Fire Department for a quick response today saving my home from burning down,” he wrote. “It took 44 firefighters 37 minutes to knock the fire out. Although my neighbor was not as fortunate, we are thankful there were no major injuries.”

Buscaino’s spokesman, Branimir Kvartuc, said the councilman was at a dental appointment when the house “directly east of his” caught fire, but his wife was home.

The retired firefighter “grabbed the councilman’s hose and started on the fire before on-duty firefighters got here,” according to Kvartuc.

City News Service

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