Police save man trapped in burning Savannah home

Savannah Fire was dispatched to a house fire at 1102 Augusta Avenue at 4:41 a.m. Friday, January 12. Engine 4 arrived at the scene of the early morning blaze within three minutes at 4:44 a.m. (Credit: Savannah Fire and Emergency Services)

Quick thinking police officers saved a man trapped in a blazing home early Friday.

Savannah Fire was dispatched to a house fire at 1102 Augusta Avenue at 4:41 a.m. Friday, according to a news release

Engine 4 arrived at the scene of the early morning blaze within three minutes, at 4:44 a.m. and firefighters found a single story home with heavy smoke and flames showing.

The three residents of the home were already outside. Two got out on their own. The third resident – an adult man - was assisted by police, who were first on the scene, according to a SFES news release.

Officers heard movement in the home and sprang into action, kicking down the door. Officer Barrett Hood found the person trapped and began pulling him out while radioing for help, according to a police news release.

Officers Kevin Toliver, Shaquille Brown and a Board of Education Officer, Arthur Bryant, responded and helped pull the victim to safety, police said.

“I am so proud of the bravery our officers showed today,” said Downtown Precinct Captain Cary Hill. “Danger was all around them, and they still did what they had to do to save a life. That’s what officers do.”

Firefighters entered the home, which was heavily involved in flames and doused the fire within 10 minutes, fire officials said.

The entire structure suffered extensive fire damage.

A man was treated for burns and smoke inhalation by EMS and transported to Memorial Medical Center.

All three residents were displaced. Savannah Fire is investigating the cause.

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