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Eight people were hospitalized, including one in critical condition, after a fire ripped through a 25-story apartment building on L.A.’s westside Wednesday morning, officials said.

The flames broke out on the 6th floor in one of three buildings at the Barrington Plaza complex, located at 11740 Wilshire Blvd., around 8:37 a.m., according to a Los Angeles Fire Department alert.

It was the same building where a destructive fire burned about six years ago.

Thick, dark smoke and flames poured out of the building’s southeast corner as crews worked to extinguish the fire, video from the scene showed.

LAFD initially said people apparently had leaped to safety before later confirming that no one jumped.

A photo tweeted by the agency showed a person apparently hanging out of a window near the raging flames, and a firefighter attempted to rescue him or her.

That person was ultimately rescued, according to video posted to Twitter.

Eight people were injured, including one critically, fire officials said around 10 a.m., after the blaze was knocked down. The youngest victim was 3 months old.

All were transported to local hospitals.

The bulk of the fire appeared to be out by 9:40 a.m., Sky5 aerial video showed. Several units on multiple floors sustained extensive damage, with twisted, melted metal and broken glass windows visible amid the building’s charred exterior.

Multiple people who fled to the roof were being hoisted out by helicopter shortly before 10 a.m., according to the footage.

The cause was not immediately known, but LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas said it appeared to be “suspicious.”

A fire tore through the 11th floor of the complex’s tallest building on Oct. 18, 2013, injuring several people, displacing dozens of residents and causing millions of dollars in damages, according to the Los Angeles Times.

The 386-unit building, which was built in the early 1960s, did not have fire sprinklers, LAFD’s Brian Humphrey said at the time.

Wednesday’s fire was located in the exact same building that burned in 2013.

The area is located in the Sawtelle neighborhood, right along the border of L.A.’s upscale Brentwood neighborhood. It is several blocks away from the Department of Veteran Affairs’ West Los Angeles Medical Center, and a short drive away from the 405 Freeway.

A stretch of Wilshire could be seen blocked off by fire trucks and ambulances. With one of the busiest streets in the area effectively shut down, traffic was snarled in the area during the morning commute.

Check back for updates on this developing story. 


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