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OAKLAND (KDKA)- Pittsburgh Police are looking into a mysterious situation at a college dorm in Oakland.

A 23-year-old Carnegie Mellon University student was found by another student on the roof of Webster Hall early Tuesday morning.

Pittsburgh Police said 23-year-old Piryanka Raja fell four floors, from a sixth floor window.

Authorities said she fell from an inside section of the building that has a courtyard located on the second floor.

The roof is covered in rubber, which police say likely saved her life.

She was spotted by a male student around 3 a.m., but he didn’t report it at the time. When he noticed the girl was still on the roof at 8:30 a.m., he took a picture and showed a university employee.

Police and EMS crews were then notified.

Currently, authorities haven’t determined if Raja fell, jumped or was pushed. She told police she had no idea how she ended up on the roof.

Building management told KDKA’s Lynne Hayes-Freeland that the only way to get to that rooftop area is out of a window, and there was an open window in Raja’s apartment.

Student Apruva Pandey lives in Webster Hall, and heard something strange early Tuesday morning.

“I heard a laugh, it didn’t seem like the person was struggling or fighting, it was just a laugh and then a fall,” Pandey said. “I heard a laugh, it was very clear, and that was absurd because I heard a laugh prior to that. That’s why it wasn’t as alarming, because it was just a laugh.”

The young woman was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital with back injuries and two broken ankles. She was last listed in critical, but stable condition.

Webster Hall isn’t a CMU dormitory, but does have multiple students from the university living there.

KDKA-TV reached out to NDC Real Estate Management, who declined comment on the incident.

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