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Apartment fire in Harbor-Gateway sends four to hospital

August 7, 2010 | 10:54 am


A fire in a three-story apartment building in the Harbor-Gateway area sent four people to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation as Los Angeles city and county firefighters extinguished the blaze early Saturday morning, authorities said.

The fire began just before 7:30 a.m. in a second-floor apartment at 835 W. Rosecrans Ave., according to Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Cecil Manresa. The 95-unit building is in Los Angeles, but is very close to the county line, so both fire agencies responded. The fire was knocked down in about 20 minutes.

Firefighters treated a total of six people at the scene for smoke inhalation -- two adults and four children. Paramedics transported four of those people to the hospital for further treatment. It did not appear that their conditions were life-threatening, although further details on their conditions were unavailable, the spokesman said.

No damage estimate was available and the cause of the fire remains under investigation.

-- Monte Morin

Photo: Los Angeles City Fire and ambulances respond to an apartment fire early Saturday morning on the 800 block of W. Rosecrans Ave. in Los Angeles. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times)