LA high-rise building on fire – as resident clings to side of block

More than 300 firefighters in Los Angeles have been battling a large blaze on the sixth floor of a high-rise residential building – as at least one person was seen clinging to the side of the block.

There were reports some people had been forced to jump from windows and balconies to escape the flames and thick black smoke in the 25-storey structure.

However, authorities later clarified that two people had contemplated leaping before being rescued by fire officials.

Images and footage from the scene showed a man holding on to the side of the building and a large inflatable crash mat on the ground.

Image:Eight people were hurt in the fire

Eight people were hurt in the blaze, including an eight-month-old baby. Most of the injuries were related to smoke inhalation and one person was critically ill.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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