Panorama City apartment fire: 1 dead, 3 injured


Fire crews responded to the 8800 block of Tobias Avenue at 8:39 a.m. The flames were mostly confined to one unit at the two-story apartment, authorities said.

A 42-year-old woman was found dead inside the charred apartment. The victim has not yet been identified. Her 14-year-old son and two police officers who were assisting in evacuation were hospitalized in fair condition for smoke inhalation.

Thirty-nine firefighters responded to the blaze, which was knocked down in 14 minutes.

The cause of the fire is under investigation. Fire officials say there was no immediate evidence of a functional smoke alarm or fire sprinklers.

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