Police: Detective saved elderly man during house fire

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DARTMOUTH, R.I. (WPRI) — An elderly man is safe following a house fire thanks to the quick actions of a Dartmouth Police detective.

Eyewitness News was on the scene at a home on Johnson Street just before 6 p.m. Saturday night. At the time, fire officials said everyone inside the home made it out safely.

Eyewitness News has since learned from police that Detective Scott Brooks was among the first responders and rushed into the home to rescue an elderly man who couldn’t get out on his own.

“This incident speaks perfectly as to the dedication of the officers (both uniform and plainclothes) of this department. Even if it means placing their own lives in danger, the top priority of the men and women of the Dartmouth Police Department is to protect and serve the members of the community by any means possible,” Dartmouth Police Chief Brian Levesque said in a statement.

Four children who were also in the home at the time, made it out before first responders arrived, according to police. No one was injured.

Fire officials said the fire started in a bedroom. The cause remains under investigation.

The Red Cross is assisting the family, who we’re told is staying with relatives.

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