Fire erupts in 25-story Los Angeles residential tower

Cheryl Sanders
January 29, 2020

Firefighters on Wednesday are battling a large blaze that has enveloped the sixth floor of Barrington Plaza, a 25-story Westside residential building, forcing residents to jump from the structure, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Video posted to Twitter shows a man attempting to flee the flames by climbing along a narrow ledge on the sixth floor, as fire crews rush to the scene.

Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey says an undetermined number of persons were reported to have jumped from that or nearby floors.

A fire that erupted on the 11th floor of that same building in 2013 injured two people and displaced as many as 150, the Times reported.

Residents, some wearing bathrobes, stood on the roof as a fire helicopter airlifted them to safety.

As of 9:40 a.m., Humphrey said the firefight continues with 335 LAFD personnel assigned, including 4 LAFD rescue capable helicopter.

It was not immediately clear what caused the fire. "Arson is on the scene doing an investigation", he said.

The fire was reported shortly after 8:30 the building in the 11700 block Wilshire Boulevard in the Sawtelle neighborhood.

Over 50 building occupants safely evacuated and fire sprinklers activated as designed on multiple floors, according to the LAFD.

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