A woman was killed and another woman suffered serious injuries in a fire at a two-story townhouse in Pacific Palisades that may have had a deactivated smoke detector.
“Though the three-bedroom residence contained a trio of smoke alarms, there were initial indications that the hard-wire smoke alarm in the bedroom of fire origin, where the woman’s body was found, had been disconnected from its power source,” according to a fire official. “The 43-year-old townhome did not feature optional residential fire sprinklers.”
The blaze started at 3:50 a.m. at 17195 W. Palisades Circle and was knocked down in 35 minutes by 31 firefighters, according to Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“An approximately 70-year-old resident, alerted by the blaze by a smoke alarm and her personal medical alert system, attempted to fight the flames with a household fire extinguisher prior to the fire department’s arrival,” said the LAFD’s Brian Humphrey.
That woman was found downstairs suffering from smoke inhalation. Paramedics rushed her to an area hospital in serious condition, Humphrey said.
During firefighters’ search of the heavily burnt bedroom, a 50-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene, he said.
The fire was contained to one townhouse unit, Stewart said.
The LAFD Arson Unit responded to the scene for the investigation.
—City News Service
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