Boyle Heights  —  One firefighter was in critical condition and two others sustained lesser injuries this afternoon when a portion of the roof they were on gave way as they battled a major fire in a commercial building.

The firefighter in critical condition partially fell through the roof but was assisted by the two other firefighters as he tried to lift himself up, said the L.A. Fire Department on Twitter.  He sustained the most serious burn injuries of the three. The injuries of all three firefighters were described as non-life threatening.

It took fire crews about two hours to knockdown the blaze that began shortly after 1 pm in the 2800 block of E. Pico Boulevard. The building was occupied by an apparel, accessories and souvenir firm, said the fire department.

The fire was prevented from spreading to a connected structure and neighboring buildings. But it is expected to take fire crews several more hours to complete extinguish the fire, said the LAFD.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

This story has been updated with information about the condition of the injured firefighters.

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