LOS ANGELES (AP) — A fire in an apartment complex above a South Los Angeles church has injured five people, one critically.

The fire was reported shortly before 1:30 a.m. Monday in a stairwell in the second-floor apartment complex above the New Life Christian Church.

The fire was quickly doused. A 54-year-old man was hospitalized in critical condition.

Fire spokesman Brian Humphrey says three other adults and two children were either treated at the scene for smoke inhalation or declined treatment.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Comments (2)
  1. Saber 1 says:

    Cooking crack can be a fire hazard. That area is the root of all evil. Implode the area and start over.

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