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Bethlehem police officers rescue woman trapped in burning building, 7 displaced

Fire breaks out at Bethlehem...

BETHLEHEM, Pa. - An early morning fire forced several people out of their homes in Bethlehem.

It broke out around 4:30 a.m. Thursday at Dakotah and Seneca streets.

We're told the fire was at a home that is broken into four apartments.

Officials at the scene say the fire started in the kitchen on the first floor, then moved upstairs.

Seven people were inside, including a baby, but they all made it out.

Two Bethlehem police officers actually saved a woman who was trapped inside.

"There was a woman to the window to the right who was leaning out the window with smoke coming behind her.  Myself and another officer attempted to kick a door in to get her," said Bethlehem Police Sgt. Robert Kromer. "When black smoke came out, we ran around to the window where she was, we pulled the air conditioner out and I grabbed her out through the window and put her on my shoulder and took her out.  She had some minor cuts and inhalation in her," Kromer said. 

Several pets were also rescued safely from the home.

There is no word yet on what caused the fire.


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