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Smithfield officer gets family out of burning house

Posted July 13, 2009 5:57 a.m. EDT
Updated July 13, 2009 8:26 a.m. EDT

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

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.