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Firefighter hurt at training exercise

August 08, 2008|Francisco Vara-Orta

A city firefighter was burned on his face and arms Thursday morning while using a power saw at a training exercise, authorities said.

The firefighter was using a rotary saw to cut through metal bars on a vacant single-family house under demolition when a loose fuel cap caused fuel to spill and ignited, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa.

The incident occurred about 9 a.m. in the 400 block of East 52nd Street and left the firefighter with burns on 5% of his body. Paramedics took him to a hospital, and he is expected to fully recover.

-- Francisco Vara-Orta

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