A man who sustained minor injuries when he jumped from the second story of an apartment in the Westlake district to escape a fire and a firefighter who suffered non-life-threatening injuries when he fell from the roof of the building during post-fire operations were hospitalized Wednesday morning.
The fire was reported about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday near the intersection of Witmer and Second streets, near Beverly Boulevard, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Forty-two firefighters extinguished the fire in a second-floor unit and the attic of the two-story residential fourplex in about 30 minutes, Humphrey said.
A firefighter sustained moderate, non-life threatening injuries, including some bruising, in a fall during operations after the fire was extinguished, Humphrey said. The firefighter will be taken to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.
Video from the scene captured residents applauding as the firefighter was loaded into an ambulance.
“We are deeply touched by the kindness of neighbors in expressing their concern and support for the injured LAFD Firefighter, who we are pleased to say is recovering from his injury at the fire,” the department tweeted late Tuesday night.
The injured civilian who jumped from the second floor sustained minor injuries and was also taken to a hospital for further evaluation, according to Humphrey.