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Woman rescued from Columbia apartment fire

By Luke Lavoie, llavoie@tribune.com

5:57 PM EST, January 11, 2013

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A 56-year-old woman found in cardiac arrest inside her burning Columbia apartment was transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center Friday morning after being resuscitated by paramedics, according to Jackie Cutler, spokesperson for the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services.

The woman was in critical but stable condition at 5:30 p.m, according to Cutler.

At 9:30 a.m. Jan. 11, firefighters responded to Columbia Landing apartments, located in the 8800 block of Tamar Drive, and discovered a fire on the third floor of the building, Cutler said. 

Crews entered the apartment and found the woman lying in cardiac arrest on the floor. After firefighters rescued her from the building, paramedics were able to resuscitate her, according to Cutler.

The woman was immediately transported to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in life-threatening condition. 

Cutler said five apartments were affected by the fire, and that the property manager was aiding the displaced. The initial damage estimate is $275,000, Cutler said.

The fire in the apartment, which had smoke alarms, was under control around 10:10 a.m., Cutler said. 

Cutler reported no other injuries.

Fire investigators are determining the cause, Cutler said.