Towering inferno: More than 200 firefighters tackle blaze on 11th floor of Los Angeles high-rise before searching the entire building because residents IGNORED the fire alarm

  • Firefighters took almost two hours to put out the blaze
  • Investigators looking for the cause of the blaze
  • Five people in hospital including a child in critical condition

By James Daniel

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Five people are in hospital including a child that is in critical condition after fire ripped through the 11th floor of a 25-story apartment building in West Los Angeles this afternoon.

Fire fighters were forced to conduct a search of the entire apartment complex after some residents on the upper floor decided to stay in their apartments and ignore the fire alarm. 

Firefighters were sent to the 25-story Barrington Plaza complex at 11700 Wilshire Boulevard just before midday after there were reports of smoke on the 11th floor.

Inferno: It took the Los Angeles Fire Department almost two hours to put out a fire on the 11th floor of a 25-story building in Brentwood. 214 firefighters battled the blaze

Inferno: It took the Los Angeles Fire Department almost two hours to put out a fire on the 11th floor of a 25-story building in Brentwood. 214 firefighters battled the blaze

Midday blaze: The fire on the 11th floor of the 25-story Barrington Plaza building, which is located at 11740 Wilshire Boulevard, was reported at 11:43 a.m., officials said

Midday blaze: The fire on the 11th floor of the 25-story Barrington Plaza building, which is located at 11740 Wilshire Boulevard, was reported at 11:43 a.m., officials said

Smokey: Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the 11th floor as 214 firefighters battled the blaze

Smokey: Heavy smoke and flames could be seen coming from the 11th floor as 214 firefighters battled the blaze

Tackled from every angle: Some traveled from the ground floor through the building to fight the flames, while others were dropped off via helicopter

Tackled from every angle: Some traveled from the ground floor through the building to fight the flames, while others were dropped off via helicopter

Quite the sight:: People watch as firefighters in an 11th floor apartment in a 25-story high rise residential building which caught fire in Los Angeles

Quite the sight:: People watch as firefighters in an 11th floor apartment in a 25-story high rise residential building which caught fire in Los Angeles

Plumes of black smoke could be seen rising from the white-clad building, with flames shooting from the windows.

Three firefighters were taken to Grossman Burn Center — two with leg burns and one with an ear burn.

The 386-unit building, the Barrington Plaza apartments, was built in 1961 and did not have fire sprinklers.

 

Wilshire Boulevard, one of the main roads crossing the city, was also shut down in the Brentwood-area where the fire was being tackled.

About 20 minutes after the fire was put out, three additional people, including a small child, were brought to the building’s roof and appeared to be receiving medical treatment, aerial video showed.

A woman had encountered the child and an older man and a stairwell but returned to her apartment when the fire was out, she told KTLA.

Something made her go back to check on them, and she found them unconscious in the stairwell, she said.

Taken to hospital: Firefighters said three people have been taken to hospitals and

Taken to hospital: Firefighters said three people have been taken to hospitals and "a handful" of others are being assessed for non-life threatening injuries

Spectacle: Residents of a high-rise apartment building look on from their balcony as a Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighter peaks his head out of a window during a high-rise fire

Spectacle: Residents of a high-rise apartment building look on from their balcony as a Los Angeles City Fire Department firefighter peaks his head out of a window during a high-rise fire

Rescuers: Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said five total people were rescued from the building including a child and an adult found on the 23rd floor after the blaze had been largely put out. None had life-threatening injuries, Humphrey said

Rescuers: Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said five total people were rescued from the building including a child and an adult found on the 23rd floor after the blaze had been largely put out. None had life-threatening injuries, Humphrey said

Investigation: One resident was taken to hospital for treatment of smoke exposure. The cause of the fire is not yet known, according to local authorities

Investigation: One resident was taken to hospital for treatment of smoke exposure. The cause of the fire is not yet known, according to local authorities

Burnt out: The fire took more than two hours to bring under control

Burnt out: The fire took more than two hours to bring under control

At one point 214 firefighters were dousing the flames with some even using neighbouring balconies as a way to reach the fire quickly.

Of the three people taken to hospital, their conditions are not thought to be serious.

Some residents on upper floors of the building decided to ignored the fire alarms and remained in their apartments.

It's not yet clear what caused the fire but fire crews have said that the flames were originating from just one of the units.

No sprinklers: The building, which is inspected annually, is not required to be outfitted with sprinklers. However, there were hose lines and extinguishers on all floors

No sprinklers: The building, which is inspected annually, is not required to be outfitted with sprinklers. However, there were hose lines and extinguishers on all floors

Closed off: Parts of Wilshire Boulevard in the Brentwood area of the city were closed for a time while the fire was tackled

Closed off: Parts of Wilshire Boulevard in the Brentwood area of the city were closed for a time while the fire was tackled

On the lookout: Los Angeles firefighters peer from a fire-damaged high rise apartment building

On the lookout: Los Angeles firefighters peer from a fire-damaged high rise apartment building

Lucky escape: No one was believed to be inside the unit when the fire began, but it wasn¿t immediately clear how many of the building¿s roughly 700 residents were injured or transported for treatment

Lucky escape: No one was believed to be inside the unit when the fire began, but it wasn¿t immediately clear how many of the building¿s roughly 700 residents were injured or transported for treatment

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