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Duplex Fire In South LA Injures 4

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(source: Los Angeles Fire Department)

(source: Los Angeles Fire Department)

LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — An arson investigation will be conducted following a fire that injured four people at a two-story building in South Los Angeles on Thursday.

Firefighters encountered flames on the first and second floors and the attic of 213 W. 108th Street, between Main Street and Broadway. It took 73 firefighters 23 minutes to extinguish the flames, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Authorities said three of the four victims suffered from smoke inhalation. A fourth victim was injured after jumping from the second story to escape.

All four victims remain in the hospital in serious but stable condition.

A spokeswoman with the LAFD said the layout of the building suggested it may have been a rehabilitation facility.

An arson investigation will take place because the blaze caused injuries.

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