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South L.A. fire badly burns woman; rescuers find her in bathtub

March 2, 2012 |  8:04 am

A woman was recovering from critical injuries Friday morning after her home caught fire and she had to be pulled from her bathtub unconscious with burns to 50% of her body.

Two Los Angeles police officers also suffered minor burns in the blaze, which was reported at 7:24 p.m. Thursday in a one-story house in the 600 block of West 76th Street in South L.A.

When firefighters arrived, they found a teenage boy had escaped through a window with the help of the officers. The boy told authorities his mother was inside and that she had turned back toward the flames for some reason, said Eric Scott, a spokesman with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Rescuers found the 42-year-old woman moments later in her tub and took her to California Hospital Medical Center. The injured officers were taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. It took 33 firefighters 16 minutes to extinguish the fire. The cause was under investigation, Scott said.


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