ST. LOUIS, MO (KPLR) - Two St. Louis police officers are among five people seriously injured in a late night house fire on Penrose Street in north St. Louis.
The officers arrived just moments before firefighters. They rescued one man from the back porch of the building. Seven other people got out of the house on their own including five children, ages three to 15. Three adults were taken to the hospital in critical condition.
The officers suffered some burns and drove themselves to the hospital.
"It was a courageous thing they did. they don't have the equipment we do. you know we always joke that police officers want to be firefighters. today they got the opportunity to, but it's a tough job, just like their job is tough, and you know sometimes we do sustain injuries," said Captain Garon Mosby.
The fire was so intense the rubber cord on their radios was melted to their shirts. Police say the fire may have started with a three-year-old playing with a lighter but firefighters are still investigating that possibility.