Boy, 6, rescued from house fire

February 25, 2009 3:11:34 PM PST
Police and firefighters rescued a six-year-old boy from a raging house fire. Flames engulfed the home at 212 East Main Street around 9:00 a.m.

A police officer passing by the house saw the smoke. He started getting everyone out of the house, when more officers arrived on the scene.

Residents alerted the officers that a little boy was trapped on the second floor.

Officers Vincent Andre, George Nielson and Jamie Johnson found a ladder and put it up to the side of the house.

Andre climbed the ladder, but when he broke the window, thick black smoke made it impossible for him to reach the boy.

Firefighter Tim Welch arrived on the scene wearing gear. He was able to get the boy.

Police officers rushed him to Westchester Medical Center in critical condition.

The boy is a kindergarten student at Truman Moon Elementary School in Middletown. He stayed home on Wednesday because he had a cold, police said.

Officials said he sustained burns to over 20 percent of his body and about five percent of those are 3rd degree. He was listed in critical but stable position.

Andre, who is a former NYPD officer and an 18-month member of the Middletown Police Department, was also treated at the hospital for minor injuries.

Middletown Fire Chief Sam Barone said the fire was under investigation, but it did not appear to be suspicious. It started on the second floor.


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