LA County firefighter dies in explosion near Palmdale

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

LOS ANGELES COUNTY, Calif. – A Los Angeles County firefighter died in the line of duty in an industrial area near Palmdale on Friday.

SkyFOX was at the scene in the 6500 block of East Avenue where a Caterpillar truck was completely destroyed in a fire. The explosion killed Andrew Pontious and a second firefighter was rushed to the hospital. Both are with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

LA County Fire said Pontious was a 19-year veteran.

The surviving firefighter is expected to be released from the hospital at some point this weekend, Marrone said.

The fire remains under investigation Friday night. Officials did not say what caused the explosion.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.