Woman, 54, Jumps From Third-Story Inglewood Apartment to Escape Fire

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A 54-year-old woman was in critical condition Thursday after jumping from her third-floor apartment in Inglewood to escape a kitchen fire.

The fire was reported around 9:39 p.m. at an apartment building at 630 Venice Way, according to Supervisor Ed Pickett with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

The sleeping woman woke up around 9:30 p.m. to find her apartment filled with smoke, fire Capt. Brian Jordan said.

She was disoriented and, in a panic, jumped from her third-floor balcony, landing on the concrete 30 feet below, Jordan said.

The woman suffered numerous broken bones and was transported to the hospital in critical condition, according to Jordan.

Apparently, a male friend started cooking and then left the apartment with the stove still on, Jordan said.

The fire was confined to the victim’s unit and was knocked down in about 20 minutes, according to Pickett.

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