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Firefighters Who Survived DTLA Explosion Reunite With Medical Staff That Treated Them

“I opened my eyes. I saw the flames were swirling around my face mask, around my helmet–I look over, my entire left arm was on fire. Everything was on fire,” LAFD Fire Station 86 Captain Scott Barclay said.

An emotional reunion for firefighters and the doctors who helped save their lives took place Wednesday.

The firefighters were battling a massive blaze at a downtown Los Angeles business in May, when canisters full of highly flammable butane hidden inside the building exploded.

Several of the 12 LA firefighters injured in this massive fire and explosion on Boyd Street were rushed to the Grossman Burn Center in West Hills, after suffering severe burns.

On Wednesday, the firefighters returned to give thanks to the women and men who treated them.

“Me and a few other guys were actually inside that building…overwhelming amount of heat…kind of black out for a little bit. Next thing I know, I’m outside,” Stephen Osterberg, one of the LAFD firefighters, said.

Investigators say firefighters were likely unaware highly flammable butane canisters were stored inside the downtown business, that the I-Team later revealed had been advertising tobacco and marijuana smoking accessories.

Butane is often used to produce a concentrated form of marijuana called honey oil.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Lolita Lopez on NBC 4 News Los Angeles

Published: August 20, 2020

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