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A fire tore through a vacant commercial building in El Monte Thursday, with flames shooting through the roof and forcing crews into a defensive mode.

The two-alarm blaze erupted around 4:30 p.m. at East Valley Boulevard and North Monterey Avenue, according to county fire Inspector Randall Wright.

About 50 county firefighters were dispatched to the scene and quickly assumed a defensive posture, pouring water on the building from the outside.

A knockdown was declared at 6:53 p.m., a county fire department official said.

Two firefighters were injured battling the flames, according to the department. One firefighter suffered heat exhaustion and the second minor burns and a laceration, according to the department.

The cause of the fire remained under investigation. According to the department, homeless people have been seen inside the building in the past.

–City News Service

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