Mountain Home police rescue woman from 'suspicious' fire

Suspicious house fire under investigation.

MOUNTAIN HOME - Two Mountain Home police officers are being praised for their heroics after rescuing a woman from what officials are calling a "suspicious" house fire Monday night.

Police said officers were investigating a report of a family fight  at 1010 E. Jackson Street, were talking to the people involved and then were informed that there was smoke coming from the home.

They were also told that a woman who wasn't able to walk was asleep in one of the bedrooms.

The woman was the only one inside, even though a relative said four adults and four children live there.

Police said Officer Brian Thomas - despite not being able to see through the smoke that filled the home - crawled on his hands and knees and searched the home from room to room until he found the woman asleep in the back bedroom.

Sgt. Russell Griggs brought a fire extinguisher into the home and helped Officer Thomas bring the woman out to safety in her wheelchair.

Sergeant Griggs and Officer Thomas were treated for smoke inhalation at St. Luke's Elmore Medical Center and released.

The woman was treated for smoke inhalation but refused medical treatment.

"If it were not for the actions of Sgt. Griggs and Officer Thomas, there is a high chance that this woman would not have survived,"  Mountain Home Fire Department Chief Mark Moore said in a news release. "These officers put the safety of another person ahead of their own, and that bravery and professionalism should be recognized." 

Extensive damage forced the displacement of the family, and the Red Cross is providing funds for their lodging and immediate needs.

Police said investigators are investigating the fire as suspicious, but the exact cause hasn't been determined.


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