Off-duty officer helps man escape from house fire

Published: Feb. 11, 2019 at 3:56 PM CST
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An off-duty Lincoln Police officer assisted a man out of a burning home on Monday after she was waved down by a child who lived in the home.

The fire took place in the area of 10th and A streets, and the call came in shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Monday afternoon.

Fire Inspector Ken Hilger told 10/11 NOW items left unattended on a hot stove caused the fire Monday afternoon. His estimates are $170,000 in damage--$120,000 to the duplex, $50,000 to contents inside.

According to Lincoln Police, an off-duty officer, Taylor Murphy, was driving near 10th and B when she was waved down by a child.

The child told Officer Murphy her house was on fire and that someone was still inside.

Officer Murphy entered and helped an adult male escape, and an on-duty officer arrived and assisted.

Officer Murphy reported some symptoms of smoke inhalation but did not seek medical attention.

According to LPD, Officer Murphy has been on the force for two years and was previously a military police officer.

"Officer Murphy should be commended for stopping for the young girl, reacting quickly, and selflessly placing her self in danger to help a stranger," and LPD spokesperson said.

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