WILMINGTON – A “suspicious” multi-alarm fire broke out today at a Wilmington motel, killing a man and injuring 15 other people, including some who leaped out of windows in a desperate effort to escape intense flames and who suffered fractures on hitting the ground.
The fire was reported in the Wilmington Motel in the 100 block of East C Street about 3:15 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said.
An 8-year-old child was among those injured, he said.
The fire was listed as “suspicious” in origin, but its cause remained under investigation, Scott said. Arson investigators were on scene, and fire commanders said they suspect arson due to the speed at which the blaze moved.