Four Waco police officers saved two children and their parents from a burning house shortly after midnight Tuesday.
While on patrol, Officer Garen Bynum discovered a vacant home burning in the 1600 block of North 5th St. According to Waco police, flames were shooting from the roof of the home and the fire was burning so hot it was catching a neighboring home on fire.
Bynum called the fire department for back up, and was quickly assisted at the scene by Waco officers Jennifer Duncan, Craig Mrosko and Kevin Spicer. The officers were not able to wake the residents of the neighboring home to warn them about the fire, so they broke through a locked fence and forced their way into the home.
Inside, the officers found two children, ages 7 and 9, hiding under their blankets in a room filled with smoke. The officers also found the children’s parents and rescued the family from the home.
Both houses were significantly damaged by the fire.
“The quick actions of Officer’s Bynum, Mrosko, Duncan and Spicer, most likely prevented what could have been a terrible tragedy,” Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said in a statement.
Victim Services and the American Red Cross are assisting the family.