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“WESTLAKE – Two people were rescued from a burning six-story commercial building in the Westlake district, authorities said today.
The man and woman were rescued by ladder from the fifth floor of the building in the 1500 block of West Olympic Boulevard. Both declined hospitalization, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
A firefighter was hospitalized as a precaution after strong exertion in difficult fire conditions, Humphrey said.
The fire was reported around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday and knocked down by 170 firefighters in 81 minutes, Humphrey said, adding that the presence of so many firefighters reflected the fire’s major emergency status.
One civilian was treated for burns down the street from the flames, said fire Capt. Dan Curry. He said he was not sure if it was the man who had been rescued.
The fire appeared to be mostly on the fifth floor, burning up through to the sixth story in places.
People below the top floors were stuck, saying they couldn’t see because of the smoke and flames. Firefighters carried their equipment up and down the stairway, looking for people to rescue and flames to douse.
Some firefighters were assigned to go up each level looking for people, Curry said.
The 66,000-square-foot building, which houses mostly medical offices, was built in 1956, Humphrey said.”