A fire broke out Monday night at a high-rise, senior living facility in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles, leaving five residents injured, fire officials reported.
The fire was reported about 9:12 p.m. at the 15 story senior living facility located at 455 South Union Ave., the Los Angeles Fire Department reported. Firefighters found flames coming from the fourth floor of the building.
Five people were transported to local hospitals for burn injuries and smoke inhalation. Three victims were listed in critical condition, and two others suffered serious injuries, officials said.
The fire spread quickly because the facility is not a sprinkler building, officials reported.
"I just saw fire, smoke and I was really scared because this never happened to me. There was a lot of firefighters and water." Jonathan Sandoval, who witnessed the fire, said.
Some residents were asked to shelter-in-place, while others were evacuated by fire officials. Firefighters were going to each apartment to check on every resident.
About 150 firefighters responded to the blaze and had it knocked down in about 15 minutes.
Arson investigators were investigating the cause of the fire.