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Apartment fire in Perry severely burns woman

An early morning fire broke out in a Village of Perry apartment building and left a woman severely burned and fighting for her life, according to the village's police chief.

The fire broke out shortly after 4 a.m. in a first-floor apartment of Travers Place, a large apartment complex at 55 South Main St., said Police Chief Michael Grover.

"Officer Josh Brabon entered the complex and yelled into the corner apartment, where the fire started," Grover said. "She yelled back, and he tried to crawl in to find her, but was sent back by extreme heat and thick black smoke."

Within seconds, firefighters from Perry Village Fire Department arrived on the scene and were able to locate the woman and pull her to safety, Grover said.

She was taken by Mercy Flight to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, Grover said.

The woman is believed to be in her early 40s, the police chief said. Police are withholding her name pending notification of relatives.

"She is in critical condition with severe burns to her lower extremities," said Grover. He said the cause of the fire remained under investigation.

The fire forced the evacuation of at least 20 occupants into 17-degree temperatures, the police chief said.

The evacuees were taken to a nearby laundromat to stay warm, but were allowed to return to their apartments after the fire was extinguished, Grover said.

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