Woman Makes Fatal Leap From Burning SF Building

Monday, Aug 30, 2010  |  Updated 4:41 PM PDT
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Woman Makes Fatal Leap From Burning SF Building

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Police are investigating a suspicious fire that appears to have caused a woman to jump out a window of a Tenderloin apartment and sent a man to the hospital with serious burns early Sunday morning.

The mystery of a woman who jumped to her death from a burning apartment building in San Franisco seems to have been solved.

A woman jumped from the building in the City's Tenderloin neighborhood on Sunday, leaving city officials and residents in the area puzzled. Police are now saying the fire, which also left a man seriously burned is believed to have been set intentionally.

The fire broke out at about 5:30 a.m. on the eighth floor of an apartment building at 888 O'Farrell St., police and fire officials said.

According to police, a 35-year-old man sleeping in the apartment woke up to find himself and the bed on fire, and ran from the room. A woman in the apartment then apparently jumped from the window,  hitting a tree during the fall, and died, police said.

Police spokesman Sgt. Troy Dangerfield said today the incident was domestic violence-related and is considered a case of arson, attempted murder and suicide. He said police would not be releasing further information.

The woman's name has not been released.

Investigators believe the fire began on the mattress inside the apartment. The apartment's sprinkler system was able to put the fire out a short time later, fire spokeswoman Lt. Mindy Talmadge said. Damage to the  apartment has been estimated at $30,000.

The man remains in a hospital and is expected to survive, police  said.

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