Woman Killed, Two Injured in Los Angeles Fire

May 22, 2008
Firefighters said flames spred from he building to nearby trees.


An investigation was under way Thursday into a fire that killed a woman and injured two other people at a building in South Los Angeles.

The fire at 5720 Fortuna St. was reported at 9:21 p.m. and extinguished in 26 minutes by 30 firefighters, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Ron Myers.

When firefighters arrived at the 75-by-75-foot commercial building, which also serves as a residence, they found that the flames had spread to nearby trees and were threatening other structures because of windy conditions, he said.

While attacking the blaze, firefighters discovered a 40-year-old man outside the structure who had second- and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body, fire Battalion Chief Craig Yoder told a Newsreel camera crew.

Firefighters found another victim -- a woman in her 40s -- inside the building who had succumbed to injuries from the fire, Yoder said, adding that the woman and the burn victim were related. Their names were not immediately released.

The man was taken to a hospital along with a third victim -- 17-year-old girl who was suffering from smoke inhalation, Myers said.

No other structures were damaged by the flames, Myers said.

The cause of the fire was under investigation, and damages were being tallied, he added.

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