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Officer alerts residents to blaze

Six people rescued from fire after patrolman sees building in flames

Swift action from a city police officer helped six residents escape a fire Thursday morning.

First responders were dispatched at 12:39 a.m. for reports of a working structure fire on the 2600 block of Fifth Avenue.

The fire was discovered by an Altoona police officer, who was out on patrol and saw flames at the back of the building.

The building’s occupants were unaware of the fire at the time, officials said, and the officer rushed inside to notify the residents and evacuate them from the building.

“Obviously the actions that the officer took provided a good outcome at the fire,” Altoona Fire Inspector Adam Free said. “The officer was able to notify the residents of the fire and helped get them to safety.”

Six people, including three children, were displaced as a result of the fire.

None of the building’s occupants were injured, however, one firefighter was transported by AMED to UPMC Altoona for a minor injury, Free said.

Firefighters arrived on scene within three minutes and discovered heavy fire in the rear of the building, with the blaze extending into the interior of the residence.

Free said firefighters stretched multiple hose lines into the building and kept the fire from going into other parts of the building.

“We worked quickly and diligently to put the fire out,” Free said. “It was a great effort by everyone.”

Firefighters cleared the scene about 4 a.m. Thursday.

Mirror Staff Writer Calem Illig is at 814-946-7535.

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