ELWOOD, Ind. (WISH) — A family of four made it out of their burning home Wednesday morning thanks to a police officer who saw the fire.
According to the Elwood, Indiana Police Department, it happened around 3:45 a.m.
Police say Officer Zachary K. Taylor was in the area of 11th and Main Street and saw a large amount of smoke. He headed down the street and saw smoke coming from the attic of a home in the 900 block of South B Street.
“I then approached the front door and was able to make forced entry by kicking it twice,” he said. “I started calling out who I was and who I worked for and at that point I was able to wake up the adults here in the front bedroom.”
“Thank God that he came by you know and seen it,” said Ashley Spearman who was sleeping in the front room with a friend.
After learning there were children down the hall, Taylor woke up a 5-year-old and 9-year-old in the home and helped them get outside safely. Just moments later, flames were seen coming from home.
“My kids mean more to me than anything you know in that house,” said Spearman. “So as long as I have them I feel like I’m okay.”
“I would hope that anybody would do the same for my family,” added Taylor. “I’m not a parent yet but when I do become one I would want the same for mine as well as I was able to provide for them.”
The Elwood Fire Department was able to get the fire under control. Investigators believe the cause was electrical. Police shared this story on their Facebook page and asked that people make sure their smoke detectors are working.
Investigators said the detectors in Spearman’s home were working, however they didn’t detect the smoke since they were attached to the ceiling below.
Because of that, fire fighters suggest homeowners install smoke detectors in attics.