ENCINO (CBSLA.com) — The cause of an condo fire that killed a 98-year-old woman, her 74-year-old son and a dog remained under investigation Friday.
The fire broke out around 9 p.m. in a third-floor unit at the Encino Spa Condominiums in the 5300 block of Lindley Avenue in Encino, the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
According to officials, there was a delay in response time because the person who called 911 made a mistake reporting the location.
“The initial report of the fire came as a Newcastle address, which is the other side of the complex,” said LA City Fire Capt. Jamie Moore.
Firefighters had to run 100-yards of hose from the street to the burning unit as a result of the mistake.
One resident was unable to get out of the building and spent the night on her balcony. A handyman found her Friday morning and took her to a hospital for treatment of chest pains.
Six other residents were treated for smoke inhalation. A firefighter also suffered a hand injury, officials said.
Ten residents were displaced.
It took about 80 firefighters and just over an hour to knock down the fire.
The bodies of the unidentified victims were discovered after the fire was put out, the LAFD said.
Officials said the building contained hard-wired smoke alarms, but the unit that burned and the one next to it didn’t have working smoke detectors. The building’s manual fire alarm was also not triggered.
“When you’re dealing with a condominium complex, it’s the responsibility of the condominium owner to make sure that smoke alarm is working,” said Moore. “If you’re living in an apartment complex, it’s the responsibility of the property owner and management to make sure those smoke alarms are working.”