Los Angeles high-rise that caught fire lacked sprinklers

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A Los Angeles County Fire Arson Fire Investigation Unit investigators photographs the sixth floor of a residential building in Los Angeles, Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020. Los Angeles firefighters rescued 15 terrified residents from the rooftop of a high-rise apartment building where a windswept fire broke out on the sixth floor and sent choking smoke through the upper levels Wednesday. (AP Photo Damian Dovarganes)

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – A 25-story West Los Angeles apartment tower that caught fire, forcing firefighters to pluck stranded people from the rooftop and a ledge, had no sprinklers even though the same building burned seven years ago, authorities said.

Flames swept through apartments on the seventh floor of the Barrington Plaza on Wednesday morning.

Eleven people were treated, mostly for smoke inhalation. Seven of them, including a 3-month-old child, were sent to hospitals, mostly with smoke inhalation.

In addition, two firefighters received minor burns as, using bottled oxygen, they scrambled to reach the apartment where the blaze began.

“These firefighters were literally driven to their bellies halfway through that hallway,” fire Capt. Erik Scott said.

Tenants described trying to move down crowded, smoky stairwells.

Cecilee Mathieson tried to push past in her rush from her 25th floor penthouse. When she reached the floor on fire, she could see the orange glow under the door.

“I really thought I was going to die today,” Mathieson said hours later.