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Man in critical condition after hotel fire

February 15, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
An elderly man is in critical condition fighting for his life after a fire in a small Long Beach hotel.

The fire began on the second floor of the hotel, located at 125 West 5th Street, and spread to a number of other units.

Firefighters said 15 people were forced out of their apartments. The Red Cross was on the scene to help those people find shelter.

The elderly man was transported to Saint Mary's Hospital. His name was not released.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.