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July 2, 2014 at 6:04 AM

Police officer among 5 hurt in Mount Vernon fire

An apartment fire in Mount Vernon late Tuesday night has left five people injured and nearly 200 displaced from their homes. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

An apartment fire in Mount Vernon late Tuesday night has left five people injured and nearly 200 displaced from their homes. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Mary Lou Jimenez, at right, is credited with alerting residents, including her daughter Yuria Villesca, at left, who fled the burning building with her 3 children.  Jimenez was returning home about 11:30 Tuesday night after picking up her son at work when she saw the flames. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Mary Lou Jimenez, at right, is credited with alerting residents, including her daughter Yuria Villesca, at left, who fled the burning building with her 3 children. Jimenez was returning home about 11:30 Tuesday night after picking up her son at work when she saw the flames. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

MOUNT VERNON (AP) — A police officer is one of five people injured and some 200 people displaced when fire erupted in an apartment in Mount Vernon.

City public information officer Shannon Haigh  says the officer was arriving at the fire before midnight Tuesday when something exploded and he suffered a minor hand cut.

Three people from the Cascade West apartments were treated for smoke inhalation at Skagit Valley Hospital.

Haigh says a man was found about two hours later and was flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with burns to his airway and other parts of the body.

The three-alarm fire caused heavy damage to the top two floors of the three-story building.

About 200 residents have been displaced, and about 75 of them are being sheltered at nearby Skagit Valley College with help from the Red Cross.

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