A three-alarm fire tore through a building in a Pico Rivera apartment complex Thursday afternoon, sending a firefighter and two civilians to a hospital while displacing dozens of residents.
About 125 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was reported about 3:35 p.m. at a three-story apartment building in the 9100 block of Burke Street, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
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The first-arriving units saw thick smoke coming from the building, which is one in a cluster of four, and found heavy fire inside a vacant apartment, fire department Inspector Gustavo Medina said.
The flames made their way into the structure’s common attic, according to Medina, who said the fire then spread quickly.
A woman and one other person suffered smoke inhalation and were taken to a hospital, as was a firefighter who was suffering from heat exhaustion, a dispatcher said. Their injuries were described as minor.
Dozens of units were affected, the dispatcher said.
Crews were forced to back out of the building and pour heavy water streams onto the flames from outside the structure in a defensive posture.
By 5 p.m., the bulk of the visible flames had been replaced with billowing smoke.
The American Red Cross was summoned to the location to assist dozens of evacuated residents, who told to gather in nearby Rivera Park at 9530 Shade Lane.
According to an online search, the address corresponds to the Corsica Apartment Homes.
–City News Service
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