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Firefighters back on the job after being injured in packing warehouse fire in Coachella

The majority of the seven firefighters that were injured while battling a commercial fire in Coachella Thursday have returned to duty after being treated for minor injuries.

"It was a very hot day yesterday and it was a total of almost 21 hours of active firefighting, so just general weakness, normal complaints, but again they're all doing really well," according to CalFire/Riverside County Fire Department Battalion Chief Justin Karp.

Crews used thermal imaging cameras Thursday night before leaving the scene to check for any hot spots, and did not find any. "What we're doing today is what we call tactical patrol. Occasionally, we'll have an engine, or myself, just drive by and look and see if there's anything starting to pop up. If that happens we'll just mitigate it at the time, but again, its the heat of the day. Nothing has popped up, so this fire is looking very good at this point," according to Karp.

Meanwhile, Grapefruit Boulevard from Avenue 50 to 4th Street remains closed. A spokesperson with the City of Coachella said they expect to reopen the road by the end of the day as crews continue to work to repair a water main break and clear debris on the road.

Additionally, the City has started to work on estimating the cost of damage to public infrastructure from the fire, according Risseth Lora, Public Information Officer for the City of Coachella.

We reached out via telephone to Daaks International, the company that owns the produce packing plant, but have not heard back.

Our camera crew spotted the building manager at the scene, but they did not want to speak with us on camera about the status of the employees at the facility, or the incident itself.

Watch News Channel 3 at 5:00 p.m. for the full report.

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