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Police officers credited with saving woman from fire


















(Officer Spencer Mortensen)

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho. - Four officers from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department are being credited with saving at least one life after rescuing a woman from a burning building Saturday night.

The four officers happened to be in the area when the fire broke out at an apartment complex along Government Way. The officers were even closer that fire fighters.

"It looked like an inferno, all you could see was bright red and orange flames," said Cd'A Police Officer Spencer Mortensen.

Officer Mortensen was one of four who ran into the building and helped elderly residents outside.

The group knocked on doors to wake those who were sleeping and went into one of the units where they found a woman sleeping in her bed as smoke filled her room.

The officers placed the woman in her wheelchair and helped her outside.

Mortensen and three other members of the police department were treated for smoke inhalation at Kootenai Medical Center.

Mortensen says no one from the group suffered any long term damage and everyone seems to have recovered.

Administrators at the police department are now considering the group for a special life saving award.

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