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Wednesday May 6th, 2015

Posted at 1:54pm

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Windsor Police Chief Al Frederick is commending the actions of officers who helped to rescue several people from last night’s house fire on Church Street.

Police were on the scene of a car crash on Wyandotte Street when they noticed heavy smoke beginning to blanket the area, shortly before midnight.

Officers went to investigate and found 579 Church on fire, with the upper floor engulfed in flames.

As they approached, a man exited the front door telling officers that lots of people were still inside.

Five officers entered the home while smoke was filling the lower level. Officers described seeing burning embers falling from the ceiling through the thick black smoke. Officers began kicking in locked doors on the main level. They discovered numerous people who had no idea that there was a fire in the home.

Police kicked in 4 doors and removed 8 people to safety outside.

Officers later learned that the residence was a rooming house.

Windsor Police Chief Al Frederick applauded the quick actions of the front line patrol officers.

“I am extremely proud of the quick actions and bravery displayed by our patrol officers,” said Frederick. “Despite imminent risk, these officers rushed into a burning building and saved several members of our community.”

Police have arrested a 42 year old male for arson.

The investigation is continuing today and is being managed by the Windsor Police Arson Unit.

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