Man rescued from burning home in St. John -

Man rescued from burning home in St. John

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St. John police said one of their officers rescued a man from a burning home Sunday morning.

Authorities said the fire broke out on a home in the 3300 block of McKibbon. Police said the fire started in the kitchen and smoke then spread to the rest of the house. Authorities said a police officer was on the scene within seconds after 911 was dialed because that officer was in the neighborhood on another call.

“As the officer approached the front door, he encountered a man directly inside who was disoriented from the smoke. The smoke detectors were sounding and the man knew to call 911 even though he was disoriented,” said Sgt. Matthew Barthelmass with St. John Police.

Police said the man, who is in his 50s, was treated and released from hospital; he is expected to be okay. Family members told News 4 the man's dog was in the basement, but made it out of the house and is also expected to be okay.

“I'm grateful about everybody's life, nobody was injured. They came in no time to save the dog and my uncle's life. It really hurts to have the house catch fire, but as long as no one was hurt, that's all I'm grateful for,” said Erin Harris, the nephew of the rescued man.

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