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West L.A. high-rise fire leaves 125 displaced; others get to go home

October 18, 2013|By Larry Gordon

About 125 residents remained displaced Friday night after a fire in a West L.A. high-rise apartment building, officials said.

The displaced lived in 51 units on the five floors most affected by the blaze, while other residents of the 25-story structure on Wilshire Boulevard were allowed to return home.

A Red Cross evacuation center was set up at nearby University High School.

The displaced lived on the 11th floor, where the fire started, and on the four floors below, which had water damage, said Capt. Jaime Moore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The midday fire left eight people injured, including a young child reported to be in critical condition after being found not breathing in a smoke-filled stairway, Moore said. Three of the eight were firefighters who were treated for minor burns and released, he said.

A dog also died in the fire, but no other details were available, Moore said.

Fire investigators are looking into the cause of the blaze, which erupted about 11:45 a.m. in the apartment building in the 11700 block of Wilshire.

The young girl found not breathing was taken to a hospital, as were three others who suffered respiratory distress and one who had chest pains.

L.A. fire officials said the Barrington Plaza building is not equipped with a sprinkler system. Because it was built 52 years ago, it does not fall under state regulations adopted in 1974 that require buildings taller than 75 feet to include such fire-suppression systems.

The building, part of a larger complex, has 240 units, Moore said. Earlier, the Fire Department reported that there were twice as many units.


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