Woman found dead after apartment fire in Pasadena

PASADENA — Firefighters found the body of a woman Friday after extinguishing a fire in an apartment, authorities said.
The woman’s identity was not available early Friday.
Fire officials initially described her as a woman who appeared to be in her late 20s.
911 callers first reported the fire in the 100 block of South Meridith Avenue about 6 a.m., Pasadena police and fire officials said.
“We got a call of smoke showing from an apartment unit,” Pasadena Fire Department spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.
Firefighters arrived to find a fire in a second-floor unit of a seven-unit apartment building, she said.
“When we did a primary search of the main unit that was affected, we discovered a deceased body — an adult female,” Derderian said.
No other injuries were reported in connection with the fire.
The cause of the fire, as well as the cause of the woman’s death, remained under investigation.
“At this point, there’s nothing suspicious in nature,” Derderian said. “But any time there’s a fatality, police and fire collaborate with an investigation. We’re going to be very methodical in the way we investigate this fire.”
About 20 residents from the other units in the apartment complex were evacuated because of the fire, she added.
Officials hoped to have utilities restored to the building and residents back in their homes Friday afternoon, however Red Cross officials were standing by in case they were needed.
Apartments adjacent to the the one scorched by the blaze suffered smoke and water damage, but did not appear to have been burned, officials said.

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