Three Dead After Molotov Cocktail Attack In California

Three Dead After Molotov Cocktail Attack In California
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Three people died at a tire business shop in Los Angeles on Saturday night following a Molotov cocktail attack. According to law enforcements, someone threw a Molotov cocktail, setting fire in a South El Monte tire shop.


When firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the family-owned business totally burned. Officials told CBS2 that one man was still alive before firefighters arrived, but they failed to rescue him due to the severity of his injuries. He was trapped inside a locked gate. The deceased was possibly a teen.

During the rescue operation, one of the firefighters was seriously injured. He was rushed to the hospital. Upon discharge, he refused to speak to reporters. When he returned to the area, his chin was visibly burnt. The fireman appeared sad. Other firefighters called him a hero.

“When he was cutting with his equipment he had flames and smoke in his face, almost to the point where he couldn’t see what he was doing,” inspector for the L.A. County Fire Department Chris Reade said.

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“We’re going through there and we’re removing more of the rubble, so there is always that chance.”

Two more bodies were found dead inside the building, said Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department spokeswoman Grace Medrano.

Investigations are still underway, with no arrests being issued so far.