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LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — A Los Angeles police officer saved a women from a tent fire early Thursday, moments before it became engulfed.

Officers were on routine patrol as part of the Department’s Safer Cities Imitative in the area of 5th Street and Towne Avenue around 3 a.m. when they saw a tent was on fire a silhouette of someone lying down inside, officials said.

“One of the officers approached the tent and made contact with the woman occupant. She started getting dressed, and within seconds, the officer had to reach in and pull her out to safety,” officials said in a statement.

After the woman was rescued, a small explosion occurred and the tent went up in flames.

The officer and the woman suffered minor burns and smoke inhalation. The officer was treated on the scene and later taken to a clinic for further evalutaion, police said.

The woman refused medical assistance.

Authorities say the fire was caused by an unattended candle.


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