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COSTA MESA (CBS) — A 17-year-old boy was critically injured and two other people also suffered less serious injuries in an apartment fire Thursday in Costa Mesa.

The fire was reported at 3:25 a.m. in an apartment at 145 Melody Lane, said Costa Mesa Fire officials.

The 21 firefighters put the fire out down in minutes, officials said.

Firefighters pulled the 17-year-old boy out of the blaze and rushed him to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was listed in critical condition.

A 2-year-old and 18-year-old were taken to Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian in Newport Beach, but their injuries were not considered life- threatening, officials said.

According to the fire department, the apartment appeared to be a garage that was converted to a residence, and it did not have a smoke detector.

The fire caused $150,000 damage to the structure and $75,000 to its contents.

(©2011 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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