LOS ANGELES (CNS) - A 98-year-old woman died of smoke inhalation today after being rescued from a house fire in South Los Angeles that was ignited by a floor furnace, a fire official said.
Firefighters, who used rotary saws to get through a metal security door, found the woman inside laying near the entrance to the single family dwelling in the 200 block of East 47th Place at 3:45 a.m., Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Erik Scott said. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead, he said.
The blaze was fought by 50 firefighters, who had it knocked down in 18 minutes, Scott said.
CBS2 identified the victim as Anna Brooks and reported that a caregiver was also in the residence, but was able to escape. "A smoke alarm was located inside, however its functional status was not immediately able to be determined," Scott said. "First arriving responders and neighbors did not hear any audible alarms."
Firefighters canvassed the neighborhood where the fire occurred and handed out free smoke alarms to residents, which are also available at Fire Station 46 located at 4370 S. Hoover St.
Scott said the woman's death was the eighth residential fire civilian fatality in Los Angeles over the past six weeks.