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Police and fire


Neighbor saves boy in home fire

A neighbor is credited with pulling a boy from a burning home in Butler early Monday morning and then helping police revive the boy before paramedics arrived.

Butler police responded to a 911 call at 402 S. Broadway about 1:20 a.m. and found a two-story home engulfed in flames, Chief Jim Nichols said.

There were two adults and two juveniles in the home at the time, Nichols said.

The two adults suffered minor burns. An 11-year-old boy was pulled from the home and eventually taken to a hospital in critical condition, while a 14-year-old girl in the home was not injured.

The house was engulfed in flames when police arrived, but neighbor Dustin Ward ran into the home and managed to get the boy to safety, Nichols said.

After Ward pulled the boy out, he helped officer Randy Duhamell perform CPR until paramedics arrived, Nichols said.

“When they got there, they didn’t think he was breathing,” Nichols said of the boy after he was pulled from the burning home. “When medics got there, they said he was breathing very shallow.”

The boy was taken by helicopter to a Fort Wayne hospital.

Six fire departments battled the blaze, and Nichols said the home was a total loss. Nichols said the state fire marshal would likely rule the cause as undetermined.

The Butler Fire Department did not return a phone call seeking comment.