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Nov 10, 2012 2:51 PM by ASSOCIATED PRESS

5 hurt, 2 seriously in Los Angeles house fire

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Officials say five people were injured in a late-night house fire in Los Angeles.

City fire spokesman Erik Scott says a 50-year-old woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition with second- and third-degree burns to 25 percent of her body, a 45-year-old man was hospitalized in serious condition with a respiratory injury and three people who tried to rescue the other two victims had minor injuries and declined a trip to the hospital.

The fire was reported at 12:18 a.m. Saturday in the Arleta area in the San Fernando Valley.

All the injured were civilians. Firefighters rescued the critically injured woman from a front bedroom.

It took 45 firefighters about 20 minutes to put out the fire, whose cause remained unknown.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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