Los Angeles firefighter killed in explosion

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A Los Angeles firefighter has been killed by an explosion while investigating reports of smoke coming from manhole covers near Los Angeles International Airport.

The ten-year veteran of the department was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Fire officials say it does not appear the firefighter was hit by a cover. He and a fellow firefighter were trying to get into a utility room when an explosion ripped through the stucco walls of an adjacent building.

Officials are investigating the cause of the blast.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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