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Fayetteville police rescue man, 65, from burning house

Posted August 8, 2009 2:55 p.m. EDT

— Fayetteville police officers rescued a 65-year-old man who couldn't escape from a burning house at 108 Langdon St. Thursday.

Firefighters and police got to the fire within two minutes of the call. They found heavy fire and smoke and pouring from a front bedroom window.

Frank Moore was trapped in the home by locked security gates on the front and rear doors, police said. All of the homes also had iron bars.

Three police officers pried open the security gates with a crowbar and got Moore out of the house. Firefighters removed all the bars and security gate on the rear door to help fight the blaze.

Moore was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation and transported to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, police said.

The home, where Moore lives with his 46-year-old nephew, had fire damage to one room and heavy smoke damage throughout. Moore's nephew wasn't home at the time of the fire.

Investigators determined that fire was accidental and caused by an improper use of extension cords. The home didn't have a smoke detector.