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Police: Sergeant saves man from house fire in Sebastian

Both suffer smoke inhalation
Posted at 4:02 PM, Feb 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-11 16:02:37-05

Authorities say a Sebastian police sergeant is recovering from smoke inhalation after rescuing a man from a burning building.

Just before 3 a.m. Saturday police said they were notified of a residential fire at 328 Valencia Street.

When Sergeant Marcinik arrived he discovered heavy smoke from the back of the residence and a was told by a neighbor that a homeowner was inside, police said.

Because the smoke was so thick it took him two tries to get inside and find and successfully remove a man in a back bedroom, police said.

The sergeant was assisted by two other officers, according to a police report.

Indian River County Fire Rescue put out the fire and and treated the sergeant and fire victim who were hospitalized due to smoke inhalation, the department said.

Their conditions have not been released.