TUCSON (KVOA) -- 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.

The firefighter's turnout, or firefighting coat, served as body armour 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.

Police were then called to handle the situation but it is not known at this time if the knife-wielding woman was arrested and taken into custody.

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

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