A woman who died in a Panorama City fire Monday refused to leave her burning apartment, according to a neighbor.
The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the blaze in the 8800 block of Tobias Avenue at about 8:30 a.m., LAFD spokesman Erik Scott said.
The unidentified woman, believed to be in her 30s, was found by firefighters inside the two-story building.
“The smoke and stuff is coming around her, and she’s just looking out the window,” a neighbor, identified only as “Robert,” said.
Robert called to the woman and asked her to come out of the apartment, but she just stood there rocking back and forth, he said.
“And she was like ‘Shut up, this is my apartment,’” Robert said. “Right after she said that the second explosion took her away.”
The woman had been slamming doors and playing loud music most of the night, according to Robert
The woman’s 14-year-old son survived the fire, but suffered from smoke inhalation. He was transported to an area hospital and is expected to be OK.
Two LAPD officers were also hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries after trying to rescue the woman and her son, according to reports.
Firefighters were able to douse the blaze in about 15 minutes, Scott said.
The cause of the fire was under investigation.