LIVERMORE -- A police officer kicked open the front door of a Livermore home Tuesday night and carried a woman in her mid-70s out of her burning home to safety, according to authorities.

At 8:50 p.m. Tuesday, Livermore police Officer Brian Sleeper arrived at the fire at 820 Grace Street after hearing on his radio the 911 calls that were flooding into the dispatch center. He was nearby and arrived before fire crews, a police spokesman said.

As the home was burning and filling up with smoke, Sleeper was told by neighbors that an older woman was alone inside. He kicked in the door and rushed into the smoke, finding her lying on the floor in her bedroom. He and a neighbor picked her up and carried her to safety, police said.

She was treated at the scene, but not injured. Sleeper also was not injured, police said.

The origin of the fire was in a detached shed in the backyard of the home. Due to the extent of damage, the fire department was unable to find the cause, but investigators believe stored oily rags may have started the fire.

The woman that was pulled from the house had been in a bed next to that sliding glass window and was at great risk had the fire spread any further, according to the fire department.

The estimated damage to the shed, home and the shed's contents is $40,000.

Contact Kristin J. Bender at kbender@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow her at Twitter.com/kjbender.



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