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CPD Officer Saves Man From Burning Home

Chadbourn Police Officer Everett Lewis pulled a man from a burning home Saturday night, according to the fire marshal’s office.

When Lewis responded to 114 Pine Street, Fire Marshal Shannon Blackmon said, heavy flames were showing in the kitchen area of the home. The 911 call came in just after 9 p.m.

“The officer initiated a search despite the heavy smoke inside and the flames,” Blackmon said.

Lewis found a man on the couch, and pulled him from the burning home as the flames spread. The officer attempted to go back into the fire to look for another resident of the home, Blackmon said, but the flames were too intense.

Chadbourn Klondyke Fire Department arrived and began efforts to suppress the fire while searched the home for the reported second individual. No one else was located inside. Cerro Gordo, Evergreen, and Roseland firefighters responded along with the fire marshal and Columbus County Emergency Services.

The man Lewis saved was reportedly intoxicated, and fled the scene, Blackmon said.

The cause of the fire was undetermined. An extension cord was in use near the stove in the kitchen.

Blackmon said there were smoke detectors in the home, but they were inoperative. Firefighters were on the scene until after 1 a.m. Sunday morning.

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