Woman jumps from balcony to escape Salt Lake City apartment fire

SALT LAKE CITY - A woman is recovering in the hospital after a fire forced her to jump from her Salt Lake City apartment early Wednesday morning.

Firefighters responded to the Seasons at Pebble Creek Apartments, at 1620 W Snow Queen Place, at 2:06 a.m.

A news release from the Salt Lake City Fire Department said the fire started on the 3rd floor of the apartment complex, and it quickly spread into the roof and throughout the top floor.

Firefighters said the fire affected 24 apartments, and 40 people were displaced. Two people suffered injuries.

Witnesses said a woman jumped from the second-floor balcony to escape the flames.

"Like somebody grabbed the ladder and a couple of people went in to try and save the lady that was in there and everybody jumped out and then my sister called firefighters right away," resident Cassandra Cabrera said.

Fire crews said at least one apartment is a total loss; others have smoke and water damage.

The condition of the woman who jumped from the balcony was not immediately known.