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3 found dead in Calif. apartment blaze; 3 injured

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 30, 2012 at 10:25 pm •  Published: December 30, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A couple and their granddaughter were killed and three others were injured — including a police officer credited with saving at least one person — in a late-night fire at a Northern California apartment complex, authorities said Sunday.

The officer and firefighters called to the complex shortly after 11 p.m. Saturday found people trapped in an apartment on the second floor of the building, San Jose Fire Department Capt. Mary Gutierrez said.

The police officer, who has not been named, entered the burning apartment and pulled at least one person to safety, Gutierrez said.

"He was one of the first on the scene," Gutierrez said. "He had a fire extinguisher, entered the burning apartment and performed at least one rescue. He got somebody out of that burning apartment."

After firefighters put the fire out, the bodies of a man, a woman and a child were recovered, Gutierrez said.

A woman who escaped the fire told the San Jose Mercury News ( ) she lost her parents, Bulmaro and Mariana Maldonado, and 4-year-old daughter Kyra in the blaze.

"I just woke up, and the room was on fire," Cecilia Maldonado said.

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