At least one person was killed and three others had to be rescued Monday night after a fire tore through a two-story office building near downtown Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said the blaze broke out at approximately 7 p.m. local time in the Westlake section of the city.
Humphrey said the building was supposed to be vacant, but at least five “unauthorized” people were inside.
Approximately 145 firefighters were battling the blaze, which has been declared a major emergency. Humphrey told reporters that firefighters have had to assume a defensive posture due to the intensity of the blaze.
Humphrey said police were questioning one of the unauthorized occupants, describing him as a person of interest in the fire. Humphrey said that person and one other were hospitalized but are expected to survive.
There was no further information yet available on the dead or injured.