Smoke rose from some northwest Columbus apartments after a sport utility vehicle plowed into it, sparking a fire.

The crash happened Friday afternoon on Smoky Row Road at the intersection with Hard Road.

The driver was traveling southbound on Smoky Row when she lost control of her Jeep Cherokee and slammed into a unit at the Village at Worthington Green apartments.

Erica Hughey, 33, of Columbus, was badly injured in the crash, while no one inside the apartment building was hurt.

Columbus firefighters Kyle Howell and Marty Lieb pulled Hughey from the burning Jeep and apartment. Paramedics rushed her to the OSU Medical Center where she was in serious condition Friday night suffering third-degree burns from her waist upward.

Battalion Chief Doug Smith said the crash was being investigated as possibly being caused by a medical episode. Eyewitnesses told police the woman appeared to be slumped over the steering wheel seconds before she crashed.

Firefighters Lieb and Howell suffered minor burns to their face and neck for which they were treated at the scene.

Two cats were rescued from the burning apartment. Two people inside escaped on their own. Smith said if they had been in the front room of the home, they would have been seriously injured.

In all, four apartments were affected with the cost of the damage estimated at $250,000.