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Mahanoy City police save man, infant from burning building

(AP) MAHANOY CITY — Two Mahanoy City Police officers rescued a man and his infant child from their burning home in Mahanoy Township early Tuesday morning.

Mahanoy City firefighters and borough police were called to the 900 block of West Centre Street around 12:15 a.m. for a report of a working house fire with entrapment.

At the scene within minutes police officers Thomas Rentschler and Jennifer Dempsey found fire around the front door of the home and shortly after heard a man yelling for help from a second-floor bedroom window.

Rentschler kicked in the door and he and Dempsey proceeded through the smoke and darkness to reach the two and get them to safety.

“I grabbed the kid and she (Dempsey) grabbed him and we got out,” Rentschler said.

He said that the man and child were evaluated by EMS at the scene but apparently escaped injury.

All Mahanoy City fire companies responded to the call and managed to quickly extinguish the fire keeping damage to the home where it originated.

No information as to the cause of the fire or the extent of damage was available.