A firefighter had to be pulled from a burning building in Lakewood where one person was later found dead Thursday morning.
KTLA 5 reported that smoke was coming from one of the buildings when Los Angeles County firefighters arrived at the scene of a strip mall.
One firefighter who went inside called a mayday, and was rescued and transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital.
The condition of the firefighter is unknown at this time.
Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Chiyoshi Hasegawa KTLA, “It’s something that we constantly train on … The firefighter was disciplined enough to go through the firefighter emergencies … and because of that training, that discipline, they were able to get the firefighter out in a quick amount of time.”
Video showed the injured firefighter being dragged out of the building.
“I know that the firefighter is talking … As far at the extents of his injuries I’m not sure,” Hasegawa said.
Firefighters did eventually extinguish the blaze.
Another person was pronounced dead at the scene.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.