Several people were hospitalized, including two who were severely burned, after a Christmas evening blaze tore through a 3-story motel in the Westlake area of Los Angeles, fire officials said.
It took 100 firefighters a total of 21 minutes to knock down the blaze at the J.J. Park Motel, which is located at 1906 W. Third St., according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Dozens of people were evacuated from the building at around 6 p.m. after intense flames shot through a second-story unit, cellphone video shot by a tenant showed.
At least one person, a disabled elderly woman, had to be rescued, the video showed.
"Literally people were started to climb out the second story windows. They were trying bedsheets and lowering themselves down," said LAFD spokesman Erik Scott. "And some other individuals along the back side of the building were literally making kind of a human ladder where they were climbing on top of each others shoulders to assist other people down."
One eyewitness said she saw people jumping out of windows to escape the flames.
Six people were treated at the scene, while five were taken to a hospital, authorities said. Two people suffered critical burn injuries.
It was not immediately clear how many residents were displaced by the blaze.
There are about 135 units in the building and roughly 25 of them were damaged, authorities said.
Investigators were still trying to determine how it started.