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Five People Rescued from Fire in Residential Los Angeles High-Rise

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Five people, including a child, were rescued Friday from a fire in a residential high-rise in Los Angeles that was mostly confined to one apartment, authorities said.

No life-threatening injuries were reported, although some people complained of respiratory and other problems.

The blaze was reported at 11:43 a.m. in a two-bedroom unit on the 11th floor of 25-story Barrington Plaza on Wilshire Boulevard. The tower has nearly 400 rental units.

Heavy smoke and flames poured from the building as more than 200 firefighters responded and scores of residents evacuated.

The blaze was declared out in 71 minutes but firefighters continued to search the building door to door. The fire was largely contained to the single unit, though there was smoke and water damage to neighboring units, Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

Two residents were taken to hospitals due to smoke exposure. Humphrey said firefighters also encountered other people in and outside the building with minor to moderate respiratory complaints.

Large flames were seen billowing out the side of the high-rise building during the height of the blaze.

Humphrey said some residents on upper floors didn't evacuate.

Two investigators are examining the unit to determine the fire's origin and cause. It's unclear where the unit's occupant was when the fire broke out, Humphrey said.

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