8 hurt, 1 critically, in fire at LA high-rise

Firefighters rescued residents from the roof of the 25-story apartment building during the fire that officials have deemed "suspicious"


Associated Press

Updated on Jan. 29, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. EST

Officials say one person has been critically injured and at least one other person has been taken to the hospital following a fire on the sixth floor of a 25-story apartment building in Los Angeles. 

Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas speaks with reporters outside the high-rise apartment building where a fire broke out on the sixth floor, forcing firefighters to rescue residents from the 25th story rooftop.
Los Angeles Fire Department Chief Ralph Terrazas speaks with reporters outside the high-rise apartment building where a fire broke out on the sixth floor, forcing firefighters to rescue residents from the 25th story rooftop. (Photo/Chief Terrazas Twitter)

Authorities said earlier reports that people may have jumped from the building were untrue, according to the Associated Press. Some residents were rescued by fire department helicopters after fleeing to the roof. 

Six people were treated for smoke inhalation, according to LAFD Deputy Chief Armando Hogan. Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said the fire was deemed "suspicious."

Original Story

LOS ANGELES — Firefighters are responding to a blaze in a 25-story Los Angeles residential building. Authorities say there are reports that an unspecified number of persons jumped.

Firefighters swarmed the building on the city's west side Wednesday morning and people could be seen on the roof as flames and smoke rise from the sixth floor.

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says an undetermined number of persons were reported to have jumped from that or nearby floors. A large inflatable bag is set up on the ground on one side of the building. A Fire Department helicopter is hovering overhead.

“Persons (number undetermined) have reportedly jumped from that or nearby floors,” fire department spokesman Brian Humphrey wrote on Twitter.

A large inflatable bag was set up on the ground on one side of the building. A Fire Department helicopter hovered overhead.

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