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Off-Duty Officers Help Man Escape House Fire

Off-Duty Officers Help Man Escape House Fire Photo: MGN Online.

July 22, 2019 10:30 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A lightning strike is being blamed for a house fire that started in an unattached garage and spread to the house. All four people inside made it out of the house thanks, in part, to two off-duty law enforcement officials. 

It happened around 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, July 20 on the 8000 block of Main St. NW in Genoa. According to Olmsted County Sheriff's Captain Scott Behrns, a grandmother and two young children made it out of the house. However, a 56-year-old man was having trouble getting out. 

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An off-duty Rochester Police Officer and an off-duty Olmsted County Sheriff's Deputy were nearby at the time. One of them lives in the area. The officers went into the home, through the smoke, and helped the man get out of the house. 

No one was hurt. The Pine Island Fire Department responded to the fire. Damage to the house is considered "severe".  

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