LANCASTER – A Lancaster deputy rescued a baby and his father from a fully engulfed apartment home on Wednesday afternoon.
At around 4:00 p.m. a report was made reporting a structure fire in an apartment complex near 16th Street West and Avenue K-8. Deputies were the first to arrive at the scene and found several apartments fully engulfed in flames. The fire department asked for a complete evacuation of the apartment buildings as they fought to extinguish the fire.
Neighbors told deputies that everyone had safely evacuated but Deputies Harris and Goldstein wanted to make sure. The two ran up to the 2nd floor as the building burned. One particular door, which was closed and locked caught their attention. The deputies knocked on the door, but there was no answer. Deputy Harris kicked the door open and Deputy Goldstein ran into the apartment home. Deputy Goldstein located a man standing in the hallway looking confused and startled. He continued through the apartment checking the rooms and a small boy was napping in his room. Deputy Goldstein grabbed the child and while escorting the baby’s father ran from the burning building.
The father, still groggy from his interrupted nap, thanked the deputies numerous times for their heroic deed.
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