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Apartment fire in Clovis leaves woman dead, 4 police officers injured

One woman died and four police officers were injured after an apartment caught fire in Clovis, Calif., early Friday, authorities said.

The blaze broke out just before 2 a.m. near the woman’s bedroom, said Clovis’ deputy fire chief John Binafki.

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Four police officers arrived before firefighters and rushed in and pulled the elderly woman out of the first-floor apartment, Binafki said.

The officers all suffered smoke inhalation and were briefly hospitalized. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead, Binafki said.

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The fire caused an estimated $450,000 in damages to the 22-unit apartment building and its contents, he said. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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