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2 dead, officer injured in South Philadelphia house fire

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PHILADELPHIA (AP)- Two people have died in an early morning fire in South Philadelphia.

A police officer who rushed into the home in the city's Whitman section Thursday was taken to Temple University Hospital with non-life threatening burns.

Firefighters say the blaze broke out around 1:30 a.m. It was under control within 20 minutes.

Officials say the officer arrived first and tried to rescue the people trapped inside but could not get to them through thick smoke and flames.

Firefighters arrived about three minutes later.

The home had no smoke detectors. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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