Mass. cop helps save 3 children from fire after spotting smoke on patrol

The officer quickly realized flames were coming from the attic and helped firefighters evacuate the family

By Jackson Cote

NORWELL, Mass. — Norwell Police Officer Joseph Esposito was on his routine patrol roughly 30 minutes after midnight Thursday when he noticed an unusual sight: either steam or smoke pouring excessively out of a home’s roof.

Esposito soon realized there were flames in the attic of the River Street home. He alerted the town’s fire department about the blaze and then helped firefighters successfully evacuate the family from the house, rescuing three children and a dog.

A second alarm was ultimately called for the blaze. Fire departments from seven other neighboring communities as well as personnel from the South Shore Regional Emergency Communications Center and the state Department of Fire Services were called to help.

The fire was brought under control by around 4:30 a.m., and all first responders were cleared. No injuries were reported among either those who helped extinguish the blaze or the family inside the home, according to the Norwell Fire Department.

“Hats off to a job well done by Norwell Police Department Officer Esposito,” the fire department wrote in a Facebook post.

In a tweet, the Norwell Police Department said it is extremely proud of the heroic actions of Esposito.

“We are so grateful the family is safe, and [our] thoughts are with them during this difficult time,” the department added. “We ask that you respect their privacy.”

Authorities have yet to disclose what caused the fire. 

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This morning at approximately 1235am Norwell Police Department Officer Esposito was on routine patrol in the east sector...

Posted by Norwell Fire Department on Thursday, December 10, 2020

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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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