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Detroit woman critical after jump from 7th-floor fire

Leonard N. Fleming
The Detroit News

An unidentified woman remained in critical condition after she jumped from her Detroit apartment to escape a fire early Sunday, fire officials said.

Deputy Fire Chief Dave Fornell said the Fire Department was called around 7 a.m. to an apartment building on the 3900 block of Grand River near Trumbell.

He said officials initially were told they were addressing a “suicide attempt” but quickly learned that the woman in her late 20s was seeking to escape a fire started while cooking in her seventh-floor apartment.

“Her kitchen caught fire and at the urging of the neighbors, jumped out of the window on the seventh floor,” Fornell said. “It’s a 70-foot drop. They attempted to catch her with blankets and couch cushions on the ground, and of course none of that helped.”

Fornell said the woman was taken to Detroit Receiving Hospital, where she suffered internal bleeding that resulted from the fall. She was “immediately sent to the operating room,” he said.

Four other people were treated at the hospital for smoke inhalation.