Rookie West Warwick police officer evacuates burning home

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WEST WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — A West Warwick police officer is being hailed a hero for helping several people get out of a burning home.

Rookie officer Brian Goetz was patrolling the area when he spotted flames coming from a home at the corner of Curson Street and Archambault Avenue early Saturday morning.

Police say Goetz ran inside the home to make sure everyone got out safely.

According to police, one person was taken to the hospital as a precaution, but police say no one was hurt.

“Instinct just kicked in,” said Goetz.

Early Saturday morning he says he saw flames coming out of the second floor building on the corner of Curson St. and Archambault Ave. Before the fire department arrived he forced his way into the first floor apartment and helped a man get out.

“He was unaware there was even a fire so it was good i was able to get in and let him know,” said the first year police officer.

Goetz said everyone on the second floor had evacuated themselves and that other officers helped people get out of an apartment in the back. Firefighters battled the overnight blaze for hours.

“The smoke and the fire kind of escalated quickly,” said Goetz.

Two people from the house were taken to the hospital. Fire officials said as of Saturday evening, the two people taken to the hospital were still hospitalized.

According to the West Warwick Fire Department there were smoke alarms inside but it’s unclear if they were working.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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