Pair Credited With Saving Boy From House Fire 1-11-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Pair Credited With Saving Boy From House Fire 1-11-2011

A local police chief and fire captain are being called heroes after saving the life of a 10-year-old boy.
A fire engulfed his house and that made it impossible for him to find a way out by himself. It happened in Spaulding Township in Saginaw County.
The family of six is now homeless. Their house on M-13 caught fire around 7:30p.m. Monday.
Spaulding Township Police Chief Jay Bruns was the first to arrive at the scene.
Fire Captain Thomas Fortier also stopped by the house on his way into the fire station.
“The initial call didn't go out that anyone was trapped inside,” Bruns told TV5. “I didn't know that until I got here. But as soon as you do find that out, your adrenaline gets pumping and you have to do what you have to do.”
Bruns, a former firefighter, knew he had to get inside the home before it was too late.
“Heavy smoke was throughout the whole house,” said Bruns. “He probably didn't have long to stay in the house before it would've been a tragic outcome.”
The police chief tried to go through the front door several times but he said it was just too hot. So he had to go around the house and try to find another way in.
“I had to go to the other door, and when I kicked that door in, the young child was laying in there, I was able to go in and get him,” said Bruns. “I don't know why he was laying there, I don't know why he didn't come out, I don't know if he was panicking or what.”
The boy was not hurt. The Red Cross is helping the family.
The fire chief said the cause of the fire appears to be electrical.
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