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Police sergeant forces way into burning home to rescue elderly couple

Montgomery County Police Sergeant rescues elderly couple from burning home
Montgomery County Police Sergeant rescues elderly couple from burning home
Montgomery County Police Sergeant rescues elderly couple from burning home
Montgomery County Police Sergeant rescues elderly couple from burning home
Montgomery County Police Sergeant rescues elderly couple from burning home
Posted at 8:03 PM, Jul 16, 2019

COLESVILLE, Md. — An elderly couple is safe after a police sergeant rushed into their burning home and rescued them Tuesday morning.

It happened around 5:30 a.m. at 8 Stanley Lane in Colesville.

Montgomery County patrol Sergeant Scott Brooks was driving to his assigned police station in Silver Spring when he noticed the flames.

Brooks quickly notified dispatch and jumped into action.

One by one Brooks was able to drag a husband and wife in their 70s from inside their smoke filled living room to the outside front yard.

Off-duty Montgomery County Fire Lieutenant Wes Owens was on his way to work when the fire broke out and assisted Brooks with the rescue.

Fire officials say the couple was evaluated and were not injured.

Around 75 Montgomery County firefighters were eventually able to extinguish the flames, but not before causing more than $400,000 in damage resulting in the couple to be displaced.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, but is believed to have been accidentally started in an enclosed porch area.