Four police officers rescued a woman trapped in a burning two-story house Monday morning in Glendale.
The victim and at least three of the police officers who rescued her suffered minor injuries. A dog reported missing after the fire was presumed dead, according to fire officials.
The fire was reported at about 5 a.m. in the 2000 block of Dublin Drive.
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"The fire had a huge head start before anybody had an opportunity to call 911," said Glendale Fire Chief Greg Fish.
Neighbors told NBC4 they heard a woman, the only person in the home, screaming from a balcony of the hillside home before four officers helped her escaped the smoke and flames. The officers placed a ladder against the side of the house to reach the woman, said neighbor Patrick Baghdaserian.
"Twenty seconds later, that balcony was gone," Baghdaserian said.
The fire spread to a car parked in the driveway, but firefighters protected nearby residences.
The house was not safe to enter due to damage from the fire, Fish said. A structural engineer will survey the building and determine when fire investigators can enter.
A cause was not immediately determined.