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Los Angeles fire: Horror as desperate residents leap from 25-story apartment inferno

An undetermined number of people have leaped from a 25-story apartment building in Los Angeles after a fire broke out on the sixth floor, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. The fire was reported shortly after 8.30am at 11740 West Wilshire Boulevard, and the jumpers were believed to be on or around the sixth floor, where a “well developed” fire was reported. It is not clear how many people have jumped from the building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. First responders carried out medical evacuations by helicopter from the building’s rooftop, according to emergency radio traffic.

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Initial reports indicated that 10 units were on fire and firefighters were working amid strong winds in the area.

Television video showed residents, some in bathrobes, on the roof of the building with a fire helicopter overhead lifting them to safety.

Officials didn’t say whether anyone had been injured.

Video shows heavy flames inside the building and thick black smoke pouring from at least one balcony and several windows.

The fire broke out in the apartment block (Image: @jackkensington -Twitter)

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The fire broke out in the apartment block (Image: @jackkensington -Twitter)

A fire that erupted on the 11th floor of the same apartment building in 2013 displaced up to 150 residents and injured two people.

At the time, L.A. fire officials said the Barrington Plaza building was not equipped with a sprinkler system. Because it was built 52 years ago, it does not fall under state regulations later adopted that forced buildings taller than 75 feet to include such fire-suppression systems unless granted an exemption.

It’s unclear whether the complex now has sprinklers.

The Times reported in 2014 that 71 of the city’s roughly 200 residential high-rises don’t have sprinkler systems installed. There was a push after the 2013 fire to get more of those buildings retrofitted with sprinklers.

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The fire broke out in the apartment block (Image: @jackkensington -Twitter)

Residents have been saved from a burning tower block in Los Angeles (Image: Express)

The fire broke out in the apartment block (Image: @jackkensington -Twitter)

People were advised to stay well clear of the area and those on the grund have been pushed back amid fear the building could partly collapse.

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It’s not understood the nature of all injuries, however it is expected the number of victims could increase as people remain trapped inside.

Firefighters have called in other fire units to tackle the massive blaze.

Flames appear to have subsided and large parts of the building have been left scorched.

Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas said in a press conference: “Our firefighters did a tremendous job. This is a 25 residential high rise with no sprinklers.

“There was a fire on the sixth floor that spread to the seventh. They went through multiple air bottles before getting to the seat of the fire.”

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