One killed, 11 injured in Los Angeles hotel blaze: officials

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Posted: Apr 02, 2015 11:05 AM

(Reuters) - One man died in a fire at a small Los Angeles hotel on Thursday and 11 other people, including one child, were injured, the city's fire department said.

The Los Angeles Fire Department said more than 100 firefighters took almost an hour to extinguish the blaze that broke out before dawn at the Wilmington Hotel.

"Sadly one adult male was determined dead," the department said on Twitter. Eleven others were treated and transported, two with serious injuries, it added.

The department said arson investigators will probe the cause of blaze at the hotel, north of the Port of Los Angeles. There were functioning smoke alarms at the 20-room hotel, which had 29 occupants at the time, it added.

Displaced, non-injured guests were being assisted by firefighters and the Los Angeles Red Cross, officials said.

(Reporting by Daniel Wallis in Denver; Editing by Susan Heavey)