- Associated Press - Saturday, March 8, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Authorities say an off-duty Trenton emergency services worker helped about a dozen people escape a fire at a city duplex this week.

The Times of Trenton (https://bit.ly/1qiVauI) reports Dan Tote was driving down South Broad Street on Friday when he saw smoke coming from the three-story structure. After reporting the fire to authorities, he ran to the home and alerted some residents, who apparently didn’t realize their home was burning.

Tote helped evacuate eight people, including an infant, from one side of the duplex, then went to the other side and got a few more people out.

“Everything went by so fast, I didn’t really pay attention,” the Trenton resident told the newspaper. “I did what I felt I had to do.”

The multialarm fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes, and no injuries were reported. The cause of the blaze remains under investigation, but investigators say it doesn’t appear to be suspicious.

Authorities say the blaze began on the side of the home from where Tote had first gone to rescue the residents. The fire was burning on the second and third floors of the building, and flames also were seen going through the roof.

Firefighters used rigs to get on top of the roof, then used chain saws to cut holes for the fire to vent outward.

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Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, https://www.nj.com/times


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