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Oregon family escapes house fire thanks to watchful police officer

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Sgt. Jeremy Weber (Photo: KPTV) Sgt. Jeremy Weber (Photo: KPTV)
Photo: Lebanon Police Dept. Photo: Lebanon Police Dept.
Photo: Lebanon Police Dept. Photo: Lebanon Police Dept.
LEBANON, OR (KPTV) -

A Lebanon family of five escaped from their burning home with only seconds to spare, and fire crews say it was all because of a local police officer who ran to warn the family who was asleep inside.

Sgt. Jeremy Weber with the Lebanon Police Department said he was out doing random patrols early Sunday morning when he noticed a glow coming from a house on Vaughan Lane. He drove to check it out, and quickly realized the home’s carport was on fire.

“I noticed there were three cars in the driveway and another right in front of the house on the street, so I figured there had to be people inside,” Weber said.

Weber said he had dispatch call the fire department and then ran to save whoever was asleep inside. 

He got there before the home’s fire alarms even detected the blaze.

“I was met at the door by a male who was obviously disoriented and I could tell he’d been sleeping, so I said, ‘get everyone out, the house is on fire,’” Weber said. “He ran back inside and his wife and two kids were the first to come out, then he and his mother. There were dogs barking, so I asked if he wanted to grab the dogs, so we grabbed two dogs.”

Weber said by that point, propane tanks in the driveway began exploding and the fire seemed to double in size.

“I asked if he wanted to grab the keys so we could try to move the cars, but he looked back in and said, ‘no the kitchen is on fire,’”

Fire crews arrived after everyone was out of the house and knocked out the flames before they spread to any neighboring homes. 

Fire crews credit Weber for getting the family out of their house in time. 

While that family didn’t want to go on camera about it all, they too believe Weber saved their lives.

“They said, ‘things could be replaced, but you saved our lives,’” Weber said. “I was just doing my job. Any fellow officer would do the same thing. I guess I was just in the right place at the right time."

Investigators say they believe the fire was caused by some electrical problem involving a hot tub on the property.

Fire crews said the Red Cross was assisting the family after the fire.

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