LOS ANGELES (CNS/KNX 1070) - Some of the 339 people who had to be evacuated out of their West LA high-rise fire Wednesday may be allowed to return home today.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
LA City Fire Captain Erik Scott told KNX 1070 News' Jon Baird that the building did not have a sprinkler system but it did have other things in place including smoke alarms, a PA system and fire extinguishers.
LAFD Chief Ralph Terrazas says the Barrington Plaza fire is "suspicious" in nature, but no information has been released about the cause of the blaze.
Eight people were injured, including two adults with critical injuries and a 3-month-old child whose injuries were described only as non- critical. Of the eight, six were taken to hospitals.
A total of 15 people were evacuated from the rooftop of the building via helicopters.
Arson investigators are working to determine if there is a connection between the Barrington Plaza fire and a fire about two hours earlier in a 26-story office building in the 11600 block of Wilshire Boulevard.
As many as five people were being treated for unspecified injuries, according to reports from the scene.
On Oct. 18, 2013, a fire in the Barrington Plaza Apartments heavily damaged an 11th-story apartment and left nearly a dozen people injured, including three firefighters and a critically injured 2-year-old girl who was found in a smoke-filled stairwell on the 23rd floor.
Firefighters were sent to the complex about 11:45 a.m. that day, and extinguished the flames in an hour and 11 minutes. Despite what appeared to be two distinct plumes of smoke coming from the building, fire officials said the blaze was contained to a single two-bedroom apartment.
The 240-unit building was built in 1961 and was not equipped with a sprinkler system, because it was grandfathered in and not required to be so equipped, according to the LAFD.