Five people suffered injuries after a fire erupted Monday night at a high-rise apartment complex in the Westlake neighborhood, authorities said.
The fire was reported about 8:45 p.m. at the 15-story residential tower in the 400 block of South Union Avenue, according to Erik Scott, an L.A. Fire Department spokesman.
Flames were initially seen showing from the 200-unit building's fourth floor.
Some residents in the tower were asked to evacuate. Others hunkered down in their apartments.
Of those injured, three were hospitalized in critical condition and two others were hospitalized in serious condition, Scott said. Officials initially said the injuries were related to smoke inhalation and burns.
The building offers housing for those 62 and older, people with disabilities and those who qualify for subsidized housing, according to records from the L.A. Housing Authority.
About 150 firefighters responded to the fire and knocked down the blaze at about 9:30 p.m.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.
This story will be updated as more information becomes available.
10 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details on the injuries related to the fire as well as confirmation that the fire was knocked down.
9:45 p.m.: This article was updated with details on some residents being injured.