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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Suspicious Fire at San Pedro Residential Hotel

A displaced resident of a residential hotel where at least 14 people were injured, three of them critically, in a suspicious pre-dawn fire in the San Pedro section of Los Angeles, California, January 22, 2013. Two of the critically hurt patients were in "grave condition," one with severe burns and another with respiratory injuries, while the third suffered a severe fracture when she jumped from the upper floor of the two-story building, officials said. Other residents of the hotel, which operates as a low-rent apartment house for the poor, had threatened to jump as flames closed in, but firefighters managed to raise ladders and rescue the remaining occupants trapped on the second floor, the fire department said in a statement.  REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn (UNITED STATES)

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