LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A kitchen fire on the 19th floor of a Westwood residential building Tuesday seriously injured an 83-year-old woman, who suffered smoke inhalation.

Firefighters arrived in the 800 block of Comstock Avenue at 10:33 a.m. On the 19th floor, firefighters found a kitchen fire had already been extinguished by a building maintenance employee, Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Katherine Main said.

The woman was taken to a hospital in serious condition, while crews worked to vent smoke from the building, Main said. The woman suffered smoke inhalation.

The woman, a resident of the building, apparently turned on the oven without realizing that paper and plastic items were being stored inside it, Main said.

A damage estimate was not immediately available.

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