West. L.A. high-rise fire causes millions of dollars in damage
Los Angeles fire officials continue to investigate the cause of a high-rise apartment blaze last week that critically injured two people and forced more than 100 residents to find temporary housing.
The fire broke out Friday afternoon in an 11th floor apartment at the Barrington Plaza in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard. The fire displaced up to 150 residents living in 51 units on the seventh through 11th floors, said fire Capt. Jaime Moore.
Eight people were injured, including a 2-year-old girl and her grandfather who had been trapped in a smoky stairwell, KTLA reported. They were listed in critical condition Sunday.
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 later adopted that buildings taller than 75 feet include such fire-suppression systems unless granted an exemption.
The fire started in a unit where four college students were living, one of the residents told KTLA.
Damage to the building was expected to be in the millions of dollars, Moore said. Much of the damage was caused by water used to put out the fire. More than 200 firefighters aided in the effort.
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