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Police: Tucson firefighter attacked by knife-wielding woman

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Ebony Hurndon Ebony Hurndon

TUCSON - A Tucson fire captain responding to an apartment fire early Friday morning was attacked by a knife-wielding woman who tried to stab him in the chest, police said.

The firefighter's turnout, or firefighting coat, served as body armor and kept the knife from penetrating his chest, according to a press release issued by Tucson Fire.

The firefighter wasn't hurt and was able to get out of the apartment.

Tucson fire says the firefighters kept their distance while the woman stayed in the doorway threatening to stab them if they entered.

Firefighters were able to see inside and determine the fire was burning on top of a small stove. Officials say the woman had a dead cat on the stove and was burning it.

She was charged with one count of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, one count of arson in an occupied structure and one count of animal cruelty.

No other details were provided in the press release, including where the incident happened.

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