Child rescued from house fire by Phoenix police officers

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Jamie Corrales By Jennifer Thomas Jamie Corrales By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX (AP) -- Four Phoenix police officers entered a burning home late Thursday morning and rescued a 3-year-old girl who was trapped inside.

Police spokesman Sgt. Trent Crump says the officers heard a radio call about the fire and raced to the scene in west Phoenix.

They arrived before firefighters and found a family outside a single family home that was on fire.

The adults were frantic because a 3-year-old girl had gone back inside the home after the family evacuated, and there was too much smoke for them to re-enter.

Officers Jamie Corrales, Matt Deal, James Clark and Michelle Masino went inside and split up to search the home. The home was filled with smoke, and Corrales slipped on a tile floor that was wet from residents' efforts to put out the flames with a garden hose.

Corrales then saw the little girl hiding behind some furniture.

Corrales suffered a minor injury to the knee in the rescue.