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Newark Police Officers Rescue Woman From Burning Building

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Two Newark police officers rescued a 55-year-old woman from a burning home this morning, police said. Newark police, along with the Alameda County Fire Department, responded to a report of a one-alarm fire at a house in the 6200 block of Joaquin Murieta Avenue at 12:25 a.m., police said.

Officers arrived to find smoke and fire coming out of the two-story home. Police said several people on the first floor unit, including a man being aided by neighbors, told police there was still a woman on the second floor. Police said officers Andrew Musantry and Steven Losier rushed up to the second floor where they found a 55-year-old woman in a disoriented state. The two officers, with the help of two more police officers, were able to bring the woman down the smoky stairs and out to safety, police said.

Musantry was hired in May as a lateral transfer from the San Jose Police Department, police said. Losier joined the United State Marine Corps in 2011 and was hired by the Newark Police Department in 2013, according to police. The two residents in the home were transported to the hospital with injuries not considered life threatening, and police said the four officers who ran into the burning house were transported to the hospital for treatment related to smoke inhalation. The officers have since been released from the hospital, police said. Alameda County fire spokeswoman Aisha Knowles said she didn’t know the extent of the damage caused by the fire but said the family was displaced and will be staying with family. The cause of the fire is under investigation, Knowles said.

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