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Boyle Heights woodworking shop heavily damaged during greater alarm fire [updated]

Boyle Heights —  More than 100 firefighters extinguished a greater alarm fire this afternoon but not before it caused heavy damage to a large woodworking firm in an industrial area, according to the L.A. Fire Department.

It took crews from  the L.A. and the Vernon fire departments about 43 minutes to knock down the blaze by 1 pm in the 1300 block of S. Esperanza Street in the south end of Boyle Heights.

The fire, which began outdoors,  sent a large plume of black smoke across the sky that was visible across a wide area. Firefighters encountered downed and arcing high voltage electrical lines at the site but the cause of the blaze has not been determined.

One LAFD firefighter sustained a non-life threatening facial injury during the firefight.

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