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Injured firefighter pulled from burning building in Lakewood; 1 person found dead inside

A firefighter had to be pulled from a burning building in Lakewood where one person was later found dead Thursday morning.

The incident was reported shortly after 1:30 a.m. in the 4100 block of South Street.

Smoke was coming from one of the buildings when Los Angeles County firefighters arrived at the scene of a strip mall.

One firefighter who went inside did need medical care and made a call for help, Los Angeles County Fire Department Captain Chiyoshi Hasegawa said.

“It’s something that we constantly train on … The firefighter was disciplined enough to go through the firefighter emergencies … and because of that training, that discipline, they were able to get the firefighter out in a quick amount of time,” Hasegawa said.

Video showed the injured firefighter being dragged out of the building. The firefighter was transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital in unknown condition, another Fire Department spokesperson said.

“I know that the firefighter is talking … As far at the extents of his injuries I’m not sure,” Hasegawa said.

Firefighters did eventually extinguish the blaze.

Another person, described only as a male, was located inside the building. That person was pronounced dead at the scene, a Fire Department spokesperson confirmed.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

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