Middleton Police Rescue Man From Burning Building


MIDDLETON, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A man in Middleton was able to climb out of a burning apartment building overnight, thanks to two police officers who guided him from below.

According to the Middleton Police Department, the call for help came in at around 1:30 a.m Sunday for a fire at an apartment on Metcalf Avenue.

Video posted online showed heavy smoke and flames billowing from a residence at that address.

Middleton Police Association retweeted a post saying the resident credited "a Middleton PD Sgt. a patrolman and a 911 dispatcher with helping him escape a fire at his home."

Officers in the area arrived on scene before the fire department, and spotted a man on the second floor who had become trapped by flames that had engulfed the staircase.

"They did see a male in a window," Middleton Police Sergeant Matthew Armitage told WBZ NewsRadio. "They were able to talk him through stepping out that window, onto a section of the roof that led to another section of the roof that was low enough to the the ground that the two officers were able to catch him as he jumped off."

WBZ NewsRadio's Shari Small reports:

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