A woman rescued by firefighters from a burning unit in a one-story duplex in South Los Angeles, was hospitalized in serious condition Saturday morning.

Firefighters responded to the 2000 block of Browning Boulevard, near Van Ness Avenue, at 9:25 p.m. Friday and found heavy smoke showing from one unit, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.

“Despite the presence of an apparently functional smoke alarm within the premises, the adult female occupant collapsed unconscious within the heavily smoke-charged residential duplex prior to LAFD arrival, and was rescued by firefighters, who commenced an aggressive resuscitation effort,” Humphrey said.

The woman was taken to a hospital in critical condition. Her status was updated to serious condition at 10:45 p.m., Humphrey said.

A total of 28 firefighters extinguished the flames in 22 minutes.

No other injuries were reported.

The cause of the fire was under investigation.

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