Officer pulls man from burning home in York County

Written by Ted Czech and Tresa Boeckel/York Daily Record | Dec 6, 2016 10:01 AM

Officer Michael Miller (Photo: Submitted)

(New Freedom) -- Southern Regional Police Officer Michael Miller rushed into a burning home and saved a man in New Freedom on Sunday night.

Emergency responders were dispatched around 8:40 p.m. Sunday to a fire in a duplex in the 100 block of N. Constitution Ave. Officers arrived on the scene within minutes, found the house on fire, and heard that someone was still inside, police said in a news release.

Miller ran to the back of the house and yelled to see if anyone was still inside, police said.

No one responded.

Miller yelled again.

Then the officer heard a man respond.

Five people were displaced by a structure fire in New Freedom Sunday night, according to New Freedom Fire Department firefighter Kurt Holloway. Ted Czech/York Daily Record

Miller, who has been with the police department for 16 years, determined it was too unsafe to enter the home. He told the man "to drop to the ground and crawl to the sound of his voice," the news release states. The man tried to do so but was overcome by the smoke.

That's when Miller rushed into the home, found the man and dragged him out, police said. The man was treated at the scene for smoke inhalation.

Police did not release the name of the man who was rescued.

The fire displaced six people and a dog. It is not suspicious but more investigating needs to be done to determine its cause, said Rose Fire Company Firefighter Kurt Holloway, who is leading the fire investigation.

The American Red Cross helped two people from 108 N. Constitution Avenue, where the fire started. A family of four from 106 N. Constitution Ave. was able to stay with nearby relatives, Holloway said.

Holloway said the fire damaged the first floor of 108 and extended to the second floor, rendering it uninhabitable. There was no damage to 106, except for the smell of smoke.

A GoFundMe page had been set up for one of the residents affected by the fire.

This story is part of a partnership between WITF and the York Daily Record.

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