Police Rescue Two Teens From House Fire in Sault Ste. Marie

Police officers in Sault Ste. Marie helped rescue two teens after the home they were in caught fire Sunday morning.

The two were trapped in the basement when the fire broke out.

It happened around 4:30 am Sunday at the home on Young Street.

“Upon arrival the house was fully engulfed, they tried to make entrance in from a couple of different doors,” Sault Ste. Marie Police Sgt. Francis DeShano, said.

The Sault PD was first on scene after the fire broke out, their job quickly became a rescue mission.

“One of the homeowners approached them and told them there were still people trapped in the basement,” Sgt. DeShano, explained.

The officers could hear sounds of yelling and acted on instinct.

“They broke out a couple of basement windows and yelled for them, until they came finally close enough where they could see them,” Sgt. Deshano, said.

Through a window, officers guided the teens through the smoke and pulled them from harm’s way.

With police helping to secure the safety of all five people inside, the fire department was able to prevent the fire from spreading.

“Our first order of business is always life safety and we noted that all of the occupants were out, the crews started to working on the area of the house that was most involved with fire and once they started to get that under control, their intention turned to the adjacent houses or other exposures to make sure nothing happened,” Sault Ste. Marie Fire Chief Scott LaBonte, said.

The house is likely a loss.

Neighbors heard an explosion but the fire department says that was caused by a container of welding gas that ignited in the flames

“At this point in time the fire is still under investigation but we have reason to believe the fire started towards the rear of the structure and moved through the structure as things progressed,” Chief LaBonte, added.

The two teens have been released from the hospital, the family is being assisted by the Red Cross.