Exclusive KTLA video shows flames consuming the front upstairs apartment where the fire started around 10am, near Magnolia and Riverton.
“It was fully involved, extremely hot, most of those firefighters helmets are blackened from the extent of that heat,” according to Erik Scott, LAFD.
“I felt the heat coming, growing…it was just scary!,” says neighbor Kevin Pinkus.
Neighbor, Kevin Pinkus, captured video of this woman… Monica Allende and her friend trapped on the balcony of her apartment.
The Argentina native says she thought she was going to die up there, the flames were feet away from her face, and the fire had consumed the hallway outside her front door, so she had nowhere else to run.
She says Los Angeles firefighters and their quick response saved her life.
“Firefighters were able to throw ladders and safely extricate them,” Scott says.
More than 50 firefighters performed an aggressive attack on this while a search and rescue crew used infrared technology to look for anyone still in the burning building.
They found one man in the hallway who sources say appeared to have been beaten.
That man was listed in grave condition but he eventually died at a local hospital.
“We are investigating all possibilities including possibility of trauma occurring prior to the fire involving people who were transported to the hospital,” according to LAPD Det. Allen Hamilton.
Because of that man’s injuries, and the extend of the damage, Arson investigators are looking Into whether the fire was intentionally set.
“There was a large amount of what we call fire load, extensive amount of flames quickly that’s something arson investigators are looking at,” Scott says.
Officials say none of the residents will be able to sleep in their homes tonight. The red cross is responding.