A woman and her teenage grandchild were critically injured Monday in a house fire in unincorporated East Compton that also killed two dogs.
Firefighters described encountering heavy smoke and fire when they arrived in the 16000 block of Essey Avenue about 12:45 a.m., said Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Miguel Ornelas.
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The flames were extinguished in about 15 minutes and the cause was under investigation.
The two patients were taken to a trauma center for treatment of smoke inhalation. They were listed in critical condition, according to the sheriff’s department, which sent detectives to the scene to assist in the investigation.
According to ABC7, the injured were a woman and her 17-year-old granddaughter, who is transitioning to become male, and the family is wondering if the fire was a hate crime.
The teen is a senior at Dominguez High School, and plays drums in the school’s marching band, Channel 7 reported.
“When I heard about it, I just started crying,” said Donte Andrews, who also plays drums in the school band. “She is amazing. We’re very close. We became a family on the drum line.”
–City News Service
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