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Woman Severely Burned in Blaze

An Encino woman was burned over 40% of her body Monday when a fire raced through her second-floor apartment, a city Fire Department spokesman said.

The 31-year-old woman suffered second- and third-degree burns in the 1:50 a.m. fire Monday. Her name was not released.

“Looks like she left something cooking,” said Los Angeles City Fire Department spokesman Jim Wells.

The blaze at the three-story apartment building in the 5300 block of Newcastle Avenue caused about $20,000 damage, Wells said.

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