Firefighter killed in explosion while battling blaze near Palmdale

A Los Angeles County firefighter was killed in a vehicle explosion while battling a blaze in Palmdale Friday.

The incident happened near the 6500 block of East Avenue in Littlerock around 2 p.m., firefighters said.

Sky5 videos from the scene showed a large tractor with flames still visible near the engine and heavy smoke coming from the vehicle.

A body found in a pile of dirt near the smoking vehicle was seen covered with an American flag.

There are reports that a second firefighter may also have been injured. The initial cause of the fire is unknown.

Firefighters responded to the scene. Around 6 p.m., they were still dousing the smoking tractor and working to put out the flames.

The identity of the firefighter has not yet been released.

Sky5 footage from the scene can be viewed in the video player above.

This developing story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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