The fire was reported shortly after 1:00 p.m. at an apartment building in the 11-hundred block of Stanley Avenue.
The flames on the fourth floor of the 8 story building were knocked down about an hour later.
Authorities say three woman, including one in a wheelchair, went to the hospital in critical condition.
A teenage boy with asthma was listed in serious condition.
Neighbors say the apartment where the fire happened also contained 8 dogs, including 4 puppies. There was no immediate word on whether they got out.