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Woman using lighter sparks apartment fire

A Lauderdale Lakes woman was hospitalized Wednesday afternoon for smoke inhalation after her mother's apartment caught fire. The flames broke out in apartment 105 of the complex located at 2690 Somerset Drive.

When the first Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue crews arrived on the scene, there was heavy flames and smoke pouring from the apartment. The woman who lives there, was not home at the time, but her daughter was there visiting when the fire started. According to Broward Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles the woman was using a lighter as flashlight to look for something under a bed when the mattress caught on fire.

The unidentified woman, who was in her 20's, tried to put the fire out and then called the building's maintenance man for help. The woman was transported to Florida Medical Center by Lauderhill Fire Rescue. Her mother's dog escaped the fire unharmed.

The three-story building, which has about two dozen apartments, was evacuated. Neighbors said the building's fire alarm did go off.

The second and third floor apartments above unit 105 sustained heavy smoke damage.

The American Red Cross is assisting the displaced residents with temporary accommodations. The cause of the blaze is under investigation by the Broward Sheriff Fire Marshal's Bureau and the State Fire Marshal's Office.