Three people, including two young children, were killed early Sunday morning in a fire at an apartment building in West Covina, according to fire authorities and multiple media reports.

County firefighters were called to the 1900 block of East Amar Road at 12:56 a.m. Sunday to assist the West Covina Fire Department, and further assistance was requested at 1:34 a.m. when the fire was upgraded into a second-alarm fire, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher told City News Service.

The fire was reported at 12:50 a.m. and required nearby residents to be evacuated as flames spread to other units.

The victims were an elderly woman and two young children, ABC7 and KTLA5 reported. The children were a toddler and a child said to be less than a year old, according to KTLA5.

West Covina police and fire authorities could not be reached for immediate comment.

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