A Taunton, Massachusetts police officer is being hailed a hero after he forced his way into a burning home and rescued an entire family.
Jeffery Danner was doing routine patrols in his cruiser late Wednesday night, when he noticed smoke that appeared to be coming from somewhere close-by.
The trail of smoke led him to a two- story home, which had flames coming from its rear.
Danner jumped out of his car and, at first, tried to get the attention of someone inside the home by pounding on the front door. When no one responded, he kicked out a glass door on the side of the house, according to boston.com.
The loud noise apparently woke the 27-year old mother– who’d been sleeping inside along with her young son. Officer Danner told her the ‘rear of the house was engulfed in flames’. They ran upstairs to grab her son, and the officer was also able to save the family dog.
“If it hadn’t been for that police officer, this could have been a whole different situation,” said Emergency Mgmt Director Rick Ferreira.
Firefighters arrived at the scene “right around the same time the fire burst into the house, shattering a glass sliding door on the first floor deck and blowing out a window of a rear bedroom.”
The Taunton deputy fire chief told the Taunton Gazette, “As the heat moved through the house, it melted objects on the second floor, that’s how intense it was.” Fire crews were able to get the blaze under control in about 15 minutes — enough time to save most of the house.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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