A man and a woman, both apparently homeless squatters living in a vacant house, were recovering Monday from injuries suffered in a massive blaze in the Wilshire Park area that was battled by almost 100 firefighters, according to authorities.

The blaze inside a vacant, two-story home at 732 S. Wilton Pl. was reported Sunday at 3:53 p.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.

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The man suffered burns to both ears and the woman received a facial cut, but no burns. Both victims were in their 30s, according to Humphrey.

Officials said possibly five homeless people appeared to have taken up residence in the vacant home before the devestating fire broke out.

The victims were transported by paramedics to a hospital in fair condition, Humphrey added.

The department dispatched 96 firefighters to the scene.

The blaze was extinguished in about 33 minutes, Humphrey said. The cause of the fire remained under investigation.

–City News Service

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