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Woman critically injured in possible South L.A. arson

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Arson experts are investigating a Friday morning fire in South Los Angeles that left a woman critically injured, fire officials said.

Firefighters responded shortly before 6 a.m. to the 1000 block of East Vernon Avenue to find flames pouring from a one-story apartment building, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

It took more than 60 firefighters about half an hour to knock down the blaze, officials said. A 35-year-old woman was injured and taken to USC University Hospital in critical condition.

A spokesman for the Fire Department confirmed that arson investigators had been called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire, but he could not say what prompted authorities to believe it might be an arson case.

The fire occurred not far from a blaze Friday morning in the 600 block of West 76th Street that critically injured a 42-year-old woman.

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Photo: A Los Angeles city firefighter emerges from a lot on the 1000 block of East Vernon Avenue in South Los Angeles where a structure fire badly damaged a building and left a woman critically injured. Credit: Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times

 
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