A huge fire explosion engulfed an oil manufacturing plant in the city of Los Angeles forcing fire departments to respond swiftly to it.
In the process 11 firefighters were seriously injured when a huge ball of fire exploded while inside the building.
The 11 are reported to have gone inside to ascertain the damage when the explosion occured forcing them to dash outside for their own safety.
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In the process, the fire truck was burnt down as some of the fighters hurriedly went down the stairs and into the streets.
Some of them could be seen running while they clothes were on fire as they tried to tear them apart.
All the 11 are reported to be in a stable condition with some under the support of ventilators.
Doctors attending to them are certain they will all survive but some have sustained more serious burn wounds than others.
Several building nearby were also affected by the inferno but thanks to the prompt response from several other fire fighters who kept it off.
Investigations are currently underway to establish the cause.