Woman killed, firefighter hurt in apartment fire

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PHOENIX -- A woman is dead after an early morning fire ripped through her apartment Monday.

It happened just after 3 a.m. in the area of 11th and Southern avenues.

Firefighters arrived on the scene to find a two-story apartment burning. Smoke was billowing from the first floor.

Crews forced their way inside where they encountered heavy flames and smoke.

"As firefighters began searching the apartment they found a victim on the second floor," Phoenix fire Capt. Ruben Saavedra said. "The patient was transported to a local burn unit in extremely critical condition."

The victim, Teresea Parkmon, 45, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

A firefighter suffered a minor knee injury while getting Parkmon out of the house. That firefighter was evaluated and should be fine.

Firefighters said smoke detectors were going off when they arrived so they are not sure why Parkmon was not alerted.

Crews contained the fire to the one apartment.

"The cause of the victim's death and the cause of the fire have not been determined," Phoenix police Officer James Holmes said in an email to 3TV.