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Girl Hospitalized After Being Trapped in Burning Apartment

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A 7-year-old girl who was trapped in a burning Watts apartment building was listed in critical condition Saturday afternoon, and another fire in Hollywood gutted the entire third story of an office building where entertainer Lily Tomlin has a production company, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The unidentified girl is being treated at County-USC Medical Center for second- and third-degree burns over 75% of her body. The fire occurred at 11:45 p.m. Friday in the 900 block of East 106th Street. The girl was transferred from Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the blaze, said Jim Wells, a Fire Department spokesman.

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In Hollywood, firefighters salvaged numerous awards and trophies belonging to Tomlin while battling the office building fire Saturday at North Argyle Avenue and Yucca Street. More than 100 firefighters responded to the 11 a.m. blaze at the five-story Sunrise Building and put the fire out after about an hour. The fire is being investigated.

The fire destroyed numerous recording and production offices and sent up a thick column of smoke that swept across the nearby Hollywood Freeway, slowing traffic. No one was injured in the fire. Most offices were closed for the weekend, said Fire Department Capt. Steve Ruda.

Nearly all damage was confined to the third floor, which housed offices for Tomlin and several rap music and entertainment production firms, Ruda said.

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