Police officers lauded for rescuing man from house fire

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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – Two St. Louis police officers were hospitalized after they ran into a burning home in St. Louis to save a man, and authorities are proud of the police officers brave actions.

Although it was a fire call, Chief Sam Dotson says his officers were first of the scene last night and 2 of his officers ran inside the burning home with no protective gear risking their own safety,

The officers were injured when they responded to a fire in the 4100 block of Penrose in north St. Louis.

Firefighters responded to the blaze in just four minutes, but the home was already engulfed in flames when arrived shortly after 11 pm.

Chief Dotson says the officers rescued the one man from the burning home, suffering minor burns and smoke inhalation.

Three adults and five children under the age of 15 were inside the home at the time.  7 people were able to make it out of the home on their own and the officers rescued the man from the back porch.

Dotson says the officers were simply doing their jobs protecting the people they serve.

The officers are expected to make a full recovery.

While an investigation to the cause of the fires is ongoing, a preliminary report indicates the fire was started by a child playing with a lighter.