A Kenosha County woman died Tuesday after running back inside her burning apartment to rescue her pet ferrets.

The sheriff's department says the 30-year-old woman and others got out of the apartment building safely after fire broke out about 1 a.m.

But, the woman returned to retrieve her pets and was overcome by smoke.

Sheriff's deputies, first to arrive at the scene, were driven back by fire as they tried to rescue the woman. One officer suffered smoke inhalation.

The apartment where the fire began was gutted and neighboring units sustained smoke damage.