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LAFD: 'Smoking Material' Probably Caused Brentwood High-Rise Fire

The fire at the 25-story Barrington Plaza left several people injured, including a 2-year-old girl found with a man in a 23rd floor stairwell.

The LAFD is pointing to "smoking material" as the cause of an Oct. 18 fire at a Brentwood high-rise. Patch file photo
The LAFD is pointing to "smoking material" as the cause of an Oct. 18 fire at a Brentwood high-rise. Patch file photo

By City News Service

Firefighters have been unable to determine the cause of an Oct. 18 fire in a Brentwood high-rise, but the Los Angeles Fire Department said Wednesday it was "most probably" caused by "discarded smoking material."

The fire at the 25-story Barrington Plaza left several people injured, including a 2-year-old girl found with a man in a 23rd floor stairwell. It also displaced 100-150 residents from 51 units on several floors of the building in the 11700 block of Wilshire Boulevard.

The fire was reported about 11:45 a.m. that Friday in an 11th floor apartment. At the height of the blaze, a plume of black smoke was streaming from the building, with flames shooting from west-facing windows.

It took firefighters a little more than an hour to declare the fire out. Three firefighters were taken to the Grossman Burn Center to be checked out for non-life-threatening injuries.

A dog also died in the fire.

The 240-unit building was built in 1961 and was not equipped with a sprinkler system because it was grandfathered in and was not required to have one, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

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