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Local : Fire at Valley Retirement Home

From Times Staff and Wire reports

A fire at a North Hollywood retirement home Tuesday night was quickly doused by firefighters with the help of automatic sprinklers, but not before a woman was injured and hospitalized with burns.

The fire started about 11:15 p.m. at the Villa Magnolia Retirement Hotel, 10537 Magnolia Boulevard, and was put out in about 13 minutes, according to a Fire Department spokesman. About 30 firefighters from six units were sent to the scene.

Fire damage was limited to one room but water damage caused by sprinklers was extensive, the Fire Department spokesman said. The cause is still under investigation.

The injured woman, Georgeana Wickman, 69, suffered burns on her feet and was taken to the emergency room at AMI Medical Center of North Hollywood. She was then transferred to the burn center at Sherman Oaks Community Hospital, where she was listed this morning in fair condition with second- and third-degree burns on her feet.

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