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5 injured in Gardena apartment fire

Firefighters investigate an apartment building after a fire ripped through one unit on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.

February 16, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
Five people were injured after a fire broke out at an apartment building in Gardena early Wednesday morning.

The flames broke out just after 1 a.m. on the 2500 block of Redondo Beach Boulevard.

When crews arrived on the scene, one unit was fully engulfed. More than a dozen residents were forced from their apartments.

One man was critically injured and two other adults and two small children had minor injuries.

Investigotors said they believe that unattended cooking sparked the fire.