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Mayor rescues sleeping woman from burning house

PAULSBORO, N.J. -- The mayor of a New Jersey borough put his old skills to the test when he happened upon a burning home and saved a woman’s life by getting her out safely.

Paulsboro Mayor Gary Stevenson says he doesn’t consider himself a hero after rescuing the woman, a shift worker who was sleeping when the blaze broke out at her home on Tuesday morning.

Stevenson has been a member of the Gloucester County borough’s fire department since 1984 and served as its chief for 12 years before becoming mayor.

The Democrat noticed the fire after leaving a funeral that was a block away from the smoldering home.

Fire officials say the blaze was electrical, originating in the attic of the two-story house, which suffered extensive damage.

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