05/10/2010 // West Palm Beach, Florida, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Los Angeles, CA—A raging fire, with flames reaching as high as the third story, and people dangling out of windows crying for help is what firefighters found when they arrived at an apartment fire in downtown Los Angeles. A reported 13 people were injured, some critically, when the 42-unit building caught fire on Saturday, May 8, 2010 around 8:45 a.m., as reported by USA Today.

City fire Capt. Steve Ruda stated, “We had a ladder in nearly every widow. People left their breakfast plates on the table as they scrambled to get out quickly.”

A total of 13 people were injured in the massive blaze. Most of the injuries included smoke inhalation, broken bones and scrapes. One woman is in critical condition after she desperately jumped from the building and broke her leg. A 2-year-old and a 5-year-old are also reportedly being treated at a burn center.

Responding firefighters extinguished the raging fire within 15 minutes after arriving to battle the inferno. The fire reportedly ignited on the second story in a corner apartment, a highly populated area of the building. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

People living in at least eight of the units are temporarily displaced due to smoke or fire damage. At least one second-story unit was completely destroyed.

The fire is under investigation.

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