Firefighters and emergency response helicopters converged on a 25-story high-rise in Brentwood, California on Wednesday morning after a massive fire broke out on the sixth floor, sending smoke billowing out as onlookers watched in alarm from the streets. Early reports indicate that eight people were treated as a result of the fire, including two adults who reportedly suffered critical injuries.
The fire broke out at just after 8:30 a.m. at the Barrington Plaza residential building, located at 11740 Wilshire Blvd., CBS Los Angeles reports.
“Two adults were critically injured after a massive fire tore through part of a high-rise in the Brentwood area Wednesday morning, the same building which was the site of a fire more than six years ago,” the outlet reports.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey told CBS that the fire began on the sixth floor. Video posted on social media taken by an onlooker from across shows the dramatic scene:
— jack kensington (@jackkensington) January 29, 2020
Along with hundreds of firefighters, emergency response helicopters were sent to the scene, where they rescued over a dozen residents who fled to the roof, as seen in more footage from the conflagration. In the end, a reported fifteen people were rescued by the helicopters, which transported them to the helipad at West L.A. Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
“These emergency workers are heroes,” wrote Rosy Cordero, who posted video of the moment on Twitter. “Wow, this is a building on fire in Brentwood with people trapped in the residential building.”
These emergency workers are heroes. Wow, this is a building on fire in Brentwood with people trapped in the residential building. It’s on Wilshire and Stone near Barrington. #emergency pic.twitter.com/2Gule1wdNT
— Rosy Cordero (@SocialRosy) January 29, 2020
“There were initially unconfirmed reports that people may have been forced to jump out of the building,” CBS reports. “Aerial footage showed at least one person standing outside a window. However, in a morning briefing, LAFD Deputy Chief Armando Hogan told reporters that there were no jumpers.”
Hogan explained in the press conference that firefighters managed to convince the person “hanging off the ledge that was contemplating jumping” to wait for responders, who managed to respond quickly enough to bring the individual down safely.
Officials told CBS that a total of eight people were treated, including a thee-month old child, and that two of the adult victims are being treated for “critical injuries.”
This is a developing story; more details to be added as they emerge.