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Deputies rescue elderly woman in Malibu house fire

Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials Tuesday were applauding the work of deputies in Malibu who rescued an 89-year-old woman from a fire that engulfed her home.

Deputy Mike Treinen and Lt. Jim Royal were at a community meeting about 9 p.m. Monday when they heard a call on their radios about a fire at a nearby home, said Sgt. Stephanie Shrout in a statement.

A dispatcher told sheriff’s officials the woman had called 911 and yelled “fire, fire” before being disconnected.

At the home, Treinen and Royal found the elderly woman lying in the threshold of an open back door. She was having trouble breathing and couldn’t walk on her own, so they carried her out.

The deputies, who had previously met with the woman, knew she had a caretaker so they returned to the home to make sure the caretaker was not inside, but she wasn't, Shrout said.

The elderly woman, Treinen and Royal were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation. Treinen and Royal have been released. 

Los Angeles County firefighters extinguished the blaze, estimating the damage at about $500,000.

The cause of the fire was unknown but it is believed to have started accidentally, Shrout said.

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