BALDWIN PARK (CBSLA.com)— At least nine people were injured, none seriously, in a second-alarm fire a Regency Inn in BaldwinPark Sunday evening.
Scores of firefighters were on scene.
Firefighters went room-to-room looking for guests.
When Sky9 arrived on scene lots of black smoke could be seen pouring out of the hotel.
There were initial reports of people being trapped on the hotel’s fourth floor.
Officials said at least six people were treated for smoke inhalation. The six people were treated at the scene. No one has reportedly been transferred.
LA County Fire said nine people — including the six with smoke inhalation — were treated at the scene for minor injuries.
Sky9’s Desmond Shaw said the fire was reportedly contained to one room on the third floor.
KCAL9’s Erica Mandy spoke to several people who were inside the hotel when the fire broke out.
A man named Jos, who was on the fourth floor, said it was scary.
“I experienced a lot of darkness and black smoke and I couldn’t find my way out. The only way out was by touching the walls and looking for the exit. I was about to faint. With the black smoke I could not see nothing. And then I found the rail and found my way down the stairs. And thankfully I saw the fresh air and light and found my way out to safety.”
He said it took him approximately two to three minutes to get out.
“I’m just thankful I’m here and I’m alive,” he said.
Mandy also spoke to a pregnant woman who was in the hotel with her four children. She said she burned her hand on the door because it was so hot.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.