(Orange, Texas)

May 7, 2013

Waco police rescue family from house fire

Associated Press

WACO — Police who forced their way into a burning Central Texas home have rescued two children trying to hide from the flames and their sleeping parents.

Waco police say the children — ages 7 and 9 — were hiding under blankets in their smoke-filled room when officers arrived early Tuesday.

Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton says officers came upon a vacant house on fire and that flames had spread to a neighboring home.

Swanton says officers called Waco firefighters while breaking through a locked fence and into the second house after not being able to wake up the occupants. Police then safely removed the youngsters and the parents.

Authorities are trying to determine what sparked the original fire that damaged both houses.

Names of the family haven't been released.