California homeless encampment may be responsible for deadly apartment building blaze

California homeless encampment may be responsible for deadly apartment building blaze

A nearby homeless encampment may be responsible for a raging fire that tore through a Southern California apartment building early Wednesday, injuring three people.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said the blaze was reported at an apartment building in North Hollywood around 1:13 a.m. and was extinguished in 38 minutes by 87 firefighters.

Video from the scenes showed fierce flames coming from the two-story apartment building and residents going door-to-door to alert others to the blaze.

A 57-year-old man was taken to the hospital with burns, while a 30-year-old woman was transported with smoke inhalation, according to the LAFD. Their conditions were not immediately known.

One other person suffered minor burns but was not hospitalized, authorities said.

“Thank God for the fire department,” resident Moises Lerma told ABC7. “They got here quick. I mean, they came in and took care of what they’re supposed to do.”

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