Family of a 22-year-old mother and her 3-year-old daughter say the two were killed early Thursday morning when a fire ripped through a 17-unit apartment in Inglewood.
Firefighters responded to reports of a fire in the 600 block of Queens Street (map) around 2:30 a.m., L.A. County Fire Inspector Randall Wright said.
About 55 firefighters worked nearly an hour to knock down the two-alarm blaze.
Two females died, according to the coroner's office, which did not provide age estimates or names.
Family of the two victims identified them as 22-year-old Angel Reed and her 3-year-old daughter, Angelina Reed.
Angel's mother, Ruby Bowie, told KTLA the woman's boyfriend said he tried unsuccessfully to wake up the two victims and was only able to exit the home holding Bowie's grandson.
Three others, including a firefighter, were hospitalized as a result of the incident, officials said.
The firefighter sustained a minor hand injury while battling the fire, Wright said.
The other two were believed to be family members of the deceased. Further details were not made available.
After the blaze was extinguished, those who lived at the three-level apartment recounted efforts undertaken by their neighbors to alert everyone to the fire.
“We just woke up, somebody was yelling fire," one resident told KTLA. "We looked out, we saw unit two - the balcony was engulfed in flames and we just started yelling, ‘everyone get out.’”
A second resident said a neighbor screamed and repeatedly honked their vehicle's horn to alert people to the fire.
"I'm very, very grateful for them," Yvette King said. "I was totally asleep and the horn honked and honked, and I was awaken and angry .... and when I awoke I could see my bedroom was orange from the flames from across the way. So I'm eternally grateful."
Although one resident said he had smoke alarms inside his apartment, multiple residents told KTLA they did not hear any alarms during the ordeal.
The cause of the fire and extent of the damage was under investigation.