LaSalle Police Officer Saves Family From Fire

Friday December 9th, 2016

Posted at 7:58pm


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A LaSalle police officer is being called a hero after he saved a family from their burning home.

On Friday ,December 9th, 2016 at around midnight, LaSalle Constable Gibson was on patrol when he saw smoke in the area of Gignac Crescent and Michigan Avenue.

He drove towards the smoke-filled area and discovered smoke billowing from the top peak of a roof and from the soffits of the upper portion of a house on Gignac.

No fire was seen at this point, however given the billowing smoke coming from the roof, the officer believed there was a fire somewhere inside the house.

The officer called for LaSalle Fire Services and then ran up to the main door of the residence and banged very loudly and repeatedly on the front door while ringing the doorbell.

Eventually the resident and his son came to the door, and Gibson advised them that the house was on fire and everyone in the house needed to get out quickly.

The homeowner called out for his wife who went to get their 7 month old twins, and Gibson assisted the family and their two dogs, in getting out of the house without injury.

While attempting to retrieve some shoes from the garage, the son of the homeowner told the officer that the attached garage was on fire. Within a minute or two of evacuating everyone from the house, the officer observed heavy flames coming from the top of the garage door.

LaSalle Fire Services arrived on scene and eventually extinguished the fire in the garage. Most of the damage to the house occurred in the garage area. The interior of the residence sustained smoke and water damage. One of the vehicles parked in the garage was totally destroyed due to the fire.

The displaced family was taken care of by the neighbours.

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