A fire ripped through part of a commercial building near downtown Los Angeles on Tuesday evening, briefly trapping two people inside an office until firefighters made a rescue, authorities said.
The blaze erupted about 7:45 p.m. on the fifth floor of a six-story building in the 1500 block of West Olympic Boulevard, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
Flames burst through the roof after spreading through the southwest corner of the building, which was constructed in 1966 and lacked a sprinkler system, fire officials said.
At the peak of the blaze in the Westlake neighborhood, 170 firefighters were at the scene, and the Fire Department deployed about six retractable ladders to rescue anyone stranded inside the building, Humphrey said. At least two people were shown on video footage climbing down from the building.
At least one person was injured, but officials said his medical condition was not life-threatening, and no further details were available.
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