Police officer helps children escape from deadly fire in Livermore Falls
LIVERMORE FALLS (WGME) -- A man is dead and two children were injured after a fire destroyed a home in Livermore Falls.
The fast-moving flames left two children trapped.
Escaping from a third floor window and then jumping from the second floor, two children escaped the burning building, jumping into the arms of a police officer who was in the right place at the right time.
"I don't think you can train for that, instinct needs to kick in with that," Livermore Falls Police Chief Ernest Steward said.
There was no time to think, with a fire moving that fast, but for Sgt. Vernon Stevens, with the Livermore Falls Police, he knew what to do right away.
"Went to the residence to see what was going on, and when he got there he saw the two boys in the window," Steward said.
A 10-year-old and 14-year-old were trapped on the third floor.
Sgt. Stevens encouraged them to climb out the window and jump into his arms.
"The sergeant caught him and helped him, they both went to the ground,” Stewad said. “And then the second boy jumped, landed on a second roof and then bounced off of that onto the ground."
Both boys escaped with only minor injuries.
It was a heroic action by a public servant, who feels he was just doing his duty.
"He didn't want to be on-camera, he wanted the praise to be for the boys for jumping out of a three-story window like that, they were the brave ones, not him," Steward said.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation and the two children who were hurt are said to still be in the hospital.