Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach reports.

Atlanta firefighter injured while battling early morning business fire

An Atlanta firefighter was injured Saturday morning as crews fought a fire that started in a tax service office on Lakewood Avenue, according to Channel 2 Action News.

The fire started at about 2 a.m. in the tax service office, where the owner lived. It spread to a pawn shop on the corner, Channel 2 reported. Two vacant business sites were also damaged.

One firefighter was struck on the leg by an object such as roofing material and fell to the ground. He was lifted up by other firefighters and transported to the hospital as a precaution, with non-life threatening injuries.

Investigators suspect the fire started accidentally, but plan to investigate further, Channel 2 reported. The tax service business owner said he heard a small explosion from a lamp, which fell over and started the fire, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue.

A total of about 14 trucks and 60 firefighters responded through the night to fight the fire, according to Atlanta Fire Rescue spokesman Cortez Stafford. Some crews were still on the scene after 9 a.m. Saturday to put out hot spots, he said.

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