A good samaritan helped rescue some residents who were briefly threatened by an apartment building fire in South Los Angeles on Wednesday night.
The fire occurred in a two-story apartment complex over commercial space near Central Avenue. Before firefighters arrived, two men were rescued by another man who was across the street, grabbed a ladder and helped them to safety at about 8:30 p.m.
Shortly thereafter, firefighters were on scene at 1070 E. 33rd St., where several people were still seen hanging from the windows, said Ron Myers of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
Everyone got out safely, Myers said, although two dogs died in one apartment unit.
Firefighters knocked down the fire in 23 minutes.