Bloomington Police officer rescues man from burning home

The man is hospitalized with burns, but the officer is fine, according to Bloomington Police Lt. Clayton Arnold. (Facebook/City of Bloomington – Police)


BLOOMINGTON – A Bloomington Police officer rescued a man from a burning west side home Wednesday evening.

The man is hospitalized with burns, but the officer is fine, according to Bloomington Police Lt. Clayton Arnold.

Bloomington Fire Department Battalion Chief Gavin Pitcher said firefighters saw fire and smoke coming from the back of the two-unit apartment house in the 1000 block of West Jackson Street, near South Western Avenue.

Lt. Arnold said the man refused to come out of the building because he was trying to put out the fire, so the officer went inside to get him.

The man suffered burns and was treated at a local hospital. His condition is not known.

The officer said he smelled like smoke, but was not hurt.

Investigators determined the cause of the fire was unattended cooking. The dollar estimate of damage to the house was not available.


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