Off-duty first-responders save two people from house fire


There are no injuries.

COLESVILLE, Md. (WDVM) – An off-duty Montgomery County Police sergeant and off-duty fie lieutenant rescued several people from a burning home on Stanley Lane Tuesday morning.

Sgt. Scott Brooks said he saw smoke while driving south on New Hampshire Ave., turned into a neighborhood and found a house on fire.

He kicked down the locked front door to find a couple struggling to get out of their house. Brooks says he then pulled a woman out of the house, who began screaming that her husband, who has mobility problems, was still inside.

The sergeant dragged the man out of the home, and that’s when an off-duty fire lieutenant also stopped by to help him out, also while on his way to work.

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue officials say they believe the combined efforts of the off-duty police sergeant and off-duty fire lieutenant were “life-saving.”

Neither of them were wearing proper gear or using special equipment when they went into the home, which was filled with heavy smoke, according to MCFRS officials.

Sgt. Brooks said incidents like these are “a good reminder to not take stuff for granted, and stay on your feet,” because it’s “easy to get into a routine and become complacent.”

Over 75 firefighters arrived at the scene but later got the blaze under control. There are no injuries.

When asked for comment, the couple did not want to talk about what happened Tuesday morning.

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