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Fire rages through five buildings in Boyle Heights

Fire crews in Los Angeles battled a massive fire that burned through multiple commercial buildings in Boyle Heights Monday afternoon.

The fire was first reported around 2 p.m. in the 2800 block of East 11th Street.

Aerial footage from Sky5 showed intense flames burning through the roof of the buildings and heavy smoke billowing into the sky.

Firefighters initially entered one of the buildings but were forced to retreat into a defensive mode and fight the fire from the exterior, the Los Angeles Fire Department stated in a news alert.

The fire erupted amid a heat wave, driving temperatures in Boyle Heights to about 95 degrees Monday.

“These firefighters, with the heat out today, are going to be extremely exhausted. Much quicker than normal,” LAFD spokesperson Nicholas Prange said.

Over 125 firefighters were sent to help fight the fire.

“That enables us to hopefully change out personnel enough to not have any exhaustion type injuries,” Prange said.

It appeared that as many as five structures with an unknown number of occupancies were involved in the fire.

The buildings did not appear to be occupied when the fire broke out and crews had not encountered anyone in need of medical attention, Prange said.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the fire.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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