A fire at Barrington Plaza, a 25-story apartment building in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, has injured 13 people including a 3-month-old baby. The fire began just after 8:30 this morning in a sixth-floor unit that was rented as an Airbnb. The fire department’s arson unit has joined the investigation.
This is the second fire in seven years at the high-rise which is not equipped with a sprinkler system because it was built in 1961 before they were required. Eight people were injured in the 2013 fire which caused millions of dollars of damage to the 240-unit building located at 11740 Wilshire Blvd.
Residents told local media that they did not hear fire alarms and at least one person encountered a locked door while trying to escape.
Many of the residents praised the heroic efforts of neighbors who ran down the hall pounding on doors to alert them of fire. Several of the injured were rescued in dramatic fashion. One man, who clung to the exterior of the sixth floor of the high-rise as flames and black smoke billowed out nearby windows, was saved by a firefighter on a ladder truck, 15 others were plucked from the rooftop by emergency crews in helicopters.
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