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Smithfield officer gets family out of burning house

Posted July 13, 2009

— The Smithfield fire marshal credited a police officer with getting a family safely out of a burning house in the early hours of Monday.

Officer rescues family from burning house Officer rescues family from burning house

The officer spotted flames at the 1411 W. Market St. house around 2 a.m., Fire Marshal Paul Whitehurst said. The officer knocked on the door and woke up the family of five, including three children.

Firefighters brought the blaze under control shortly before 3 a.m.

No one was injured, but the family has been displaced.

Whitehurst said it appeared the fire started in a vehicle under the carport and spread to the house.

West Market Street, which is also Business U.S. Highway 70, was closed for a couple hours.


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  • ccacrabbitdog Jul 13, 2009

    1 st great job.....smithfield pd needs to release his name so he can b thanked n person.....had he had been accused of wrong doing we'd have his name.....stand up and give him or her a hand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gammasandi Jul 13, 2009

    KUDOS to one of Smithfield's finest! Good job!

  • chfdcpt Jul 13, 2009

    Hey Officer, great job. Thanks for what you did.

  • BigUNCFan Jul 13, 2009

    Superb job of observation by the officer. I wish they said his name. I hope he gets some sort of commendation and a reward for his great work!

  • R_U_breakdance fighting Jul 13, 2009

    Cheers to the officer! The good lord guided the right person at the right time to prevent a tragedy.

  • Professor Jul 13, 2009

    An officer doing a good deed and not playing jokes on anyone. He takes his job seriously. He is a hero. May the family be OK after a while and receive some kind of help.

  • kennywalters Jul 13, 2009

    Yes, I believe the officer's name should be mentioned. As someone else said, if this had been a negative law enforcement story, we'd know the name. This officer is an example of, I believe, the majority of our public servants. Unfortunately, we hear more about the ones who do a disservice to the uniform.

  • boomylar Jul 13, 2009

    job well done... just think about what would have happened if the officer didn't see the fire. Just wondering how this fire started under a car...

  • hdsoftail Jul 13, 2009

    This has happened a lot with the Ford Explorer. I think they had a recall about it.

  • Groovy Jul 13, 2009

    "started in a vehicle? all by itself?"
    Happens all the time. More than you think. Faulty electric in cars causing fires is common.