A Warren police officer is being hailed a hero for saving a man from a burning home early Wednesday morning.
Huge flames could be seen coming from the house on Wick Street SE.
Fire Chief Ken Nussle said the couple living there woke up to their bed on fire.
Patrolman Joseph Wilson arrived just before the fire department and heard Cecil Ford’s cries for help.
Ford got stuck inside after going back into the house to look for his cats, fire officials said.
Officer Wilson broke down a fence, forced open a patio door, found Ford struggling to breathe inside on the floor and carried him out to safety.
“It could have been catastrophic for the occupants but on the other hand, it could have been both catastrophic for the occupant and the police officer, given the fact that he went in to risk his life to save the occupant,” Nussle said.
Ford and Wilson were both taken to the hospital. Ford was treated for smoke inhalation.
Investigators ruled the fire’s cause as accidental and believe it may have started from a heating pad.
Damage to the house was concentrated in an upstairs bedroom where the floor did collapse.