An off-duty firefighter and a police sergeant helped rescue two people from a burning home early Tuesday in Colesville, Md.
The fire broke out about 5:30 a.m. at a home on Stanley Lane, just off Bregman Road. No one was seriously hurt, said Pete Piringer, a spokesman for Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.
Piringer said a county police sergeant on his way to work saw smoke, drove by the nearby firehouse and noticed that the firetrucks were still at the station. The officer, Sgt. Scott Brooks, a 22-year veteran, kept going another block or two and saw the burning home, according to Piringer.
Brooks went up to the house, found a locked door and kicked it in, with the intent of helping anyone inside. He saw a woman trying to escape and helped her outside.
She told him that her husband was still in the house and had mobility issues. Brooks then went back inside. About the same time, a lieutenant firefighter, also on his way to work, saw the smoke and burning home.
The firefighter, Lt. Wesley Owens, a 15-year veteran, saw the officer go back into the house and called 911. Owens then went in to help the officer get the man out.
“Miraculously, both people were evaluated and had no injuries,” Piringer said. No one was taken to a hospital.
Piringer said Brooks “took a decisive action, and we believe it was lifesaving.” He added: “The woman was trying to get out, so he made sure she got out safely and then he went back in without protective gear to help the man who was unable to get out by himself.”
Piringer said the “combined work” of the firefighter and police officer “saved some lives.”
Officials said it took about 30 minutes for 75 firefighters to get the blaze under control.
The cause of the fire is under investigation, and the home suffered “significant damage,” Piringer said.