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Rescuers Find Woman Passed Out in Bathtub Amid House Fire

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Firefighters tackling a blaze in a South Los Angeles home last night discovered a woman inside the residence unconscious in the bathtub who had apparently passed out after helping her teenage son escape.

The fire was first reported at 7:24 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department. When firefighters arrived, they learned the teen boy had escaped through a window at the urging of his mother, a 42-year-old woman who the LAFD say "reportedly turned toward the seat of the mounting flames" after ushering her son out.

The LAFD searched the nearly 1,000-square-foot home, and finally found the woman in the bathtub, where she had passed out, and was suffering from burns on about 50% of her body. She was rushed to the hospital in critical condition.

The teenager sustained minor burn injuries. Two Los Angeles Police officers also suffered minor burns in the blaze.

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The cause of the fire is under investigation, as is if there were functioning smoke alarms in the home, and if the window bars impeded the woman's escape.

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