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Lawrence Police Officer saves residents

The fire was contained to a single ground level apartment. The fire was contained to a single ground level apartment.
The flames threatened the stairway (top left) trapping people on the second floor. The flames threatened the stairway (top left) trapping people on the second floor.

Lawrence, January 4 - A Lawrence Police officer ran up a stairway being threatened by an apartment fire and rescued between six and eight people from a second floor balcony Tuesday night.

The alarm came in just before 9:45 Tuesday night at an apartment located on the far northeast side, 8830 E. 42nd Street.

The officer, whose name has not yet been released, was at the complex on another run when he noticed the blaze in a ground floor apartment. He got there before the fire department.

By the time he reached the blaze, fire had engulfed the apartment, all but blocking the only stairway to the ground floor.

Lawrence Fire Department Battalion Chief Tim Hardie says the officer managed to get to six to eight people on the balcony and led them to safety.

There were other people trapped on the opposite side of the building. The Lawrence Fire Department rescued them.

Chief Hardie says that the officer and a few of the residents suffered smoke inhalation. The residents were treated at the scene. The officer was taken to Community Hospital North.

Lawrence and Indianapolis firefighters contained the blaze to the single apartment where it started. The cause is under investigation. At this time there is no estimate on damage.

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