14 hurt, 3 critically, in Los Angeles hotel fire

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2013 at 1:28 pm •  Published: January 22, 2013
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Fire roared through a 90-year-old residential hotel in Los Angeles' harbor area early Tuesday, injuring 14 people, three of them critically.

People hung out of windows of the Palos Verdes Inn in San Pedro after the fire broke out at about 3:30 a.m., and one woman jumped from a second-story window and may have broken bones, Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.

Other residents were threatening to jump, he said.

"Firefighters immediately threw ladders and rescued them from ledges," Scott said.

Firefighters returning from a nearby medical call saw smoke at the hotel before any 911 call had been received, he said.

It took 150 firefighters 34 minutes to extinguish the blaze, which spread rapidly through the 1923 building. Television news reports showed flames engulfing the interiors of some rooms.

Seven rooms were damaged, two of them extensively, Scott said.

Tiffany Rogers, who is five months pregnant, raced out of the building.