A woman was injured when she apparently jumped from the second floor of her Marina Peninsula home, where a fire broke out Oct. 28, fire officials said.
Firefighters surmise that the lack of functional smoke alarms in the home may have forced the woman to jump to safety from the burning building, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey said.
Thirty-nine LAFD firefighters were called at 8:46 a.m. to 20 Anchorage St., south of Washington Boulevard, where they saw four off-duty colleagues using a garden hose to contain the flames, while rendering aid to the home’s sole occupant, Humphrey said.
The woman suffered moderate injury to her ankles after she apparently leapt from a second-floor balcony to escape the thick, hot smoke that filled both floors of her home, Humphrey said. The victim was transported to a local hospital in fair condition and no other injuries were reported, he said.
Firefighters used extended hoselines inside the home to make an aggressive and well-coordinated attack on the flames, holding the fire to the first floor living room, Humphrey said. The blaze was extinguished in 12 minutes.
Firefighters later determined that smoke alarms in the home were not functional, delaying a “critical warning” that prevented the woman from knowing of the fire in its early stages, Humphrey said.
Responders agreed that without such warning, the fire could have taken her life, he added.
The total estimated damage was $40,000, including $25,000 to the structure and $15,000 to contents, fire officials said. The cause of the fire is believed to be an electrical malfunction in a living room wall outlet, which led to the ignition of adjacent upholstered furnishings, officials concluded.
Five adults who were displaced by the fire were referred to the American Red Cross for temporary placement assistance.