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Waco police save family from house fire


Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a house in Waco to go up in flames overnight. Rescue crews were called to the 1600 block of N. 5th St. at 12:06 a.m.

When police arrived on the scene, they found the vacant home with flames shooting from the roof. A home next door also caught on fire from the uncontrollable flames. 

Firefighters were called to the scene to control the fire, while police officers attempted enter the second home to save the people inside. Officers had to break into a locked fence at the second home and forced entry.

Once inside, officers discovered two children hiding under their blankets in a room filled with smoke. They removed the two children, a 7-year-old and 9-year-old, from the home, and were then able to help the children's parents get out of the house as well.

"Helping people, that's the common answer," said Bynum. "That's how I feel and I know that's how we all feel."

Waco Police Sgt. Patrick Swanson says, "This is what first responders do.  Whether it's fire, police, EMS... those men and women risk their lives for others and this is just another example of the heroic effort of a first responder to an emergency scene."

Both homes were significantly damaged due to the fire. Waco Fire, Victim Services and the American Red Cross responded to the scene to help.

The four police officers believe they were just doing their job.

"Being a police officer puts you in a position like last night and I think for the most part it's human instinct and anybody with a conscious will do that same thing," said Officer Kevin Spicer.


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