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Body-cam video: Police help get woman out of burning apartment in Texas

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This is one I missed from January 5 when Officer Charles Sanford and Corporal Chris Chaves of the Bastrop (TX) Police Department teamed up to get a woman and her dog out of a burning apartment.


Officer Charles Sanford works for the Bastrop Police Department and was the first on scene of the apartment fire that broke out January 5th, “I get a call about a fire from dispatch and they let me know that a woman was trapped inside and she could see flames. Everyone’s like, there’s a lady in the building and I am like okay, I am getting there.”

Officer Sanford said he had been to that complex before so he knew the woman struggling to get out of the burning apartment. He said he knew she just had surgery and was using a walker. “I go up to the window and I can just see smoke, it was extremely hot, so I was just telling the female come to me.”
Not only was the woman still in the apartment, so was a dog. “I seen the dog was in there, so I got the dog, picked up the dog, put it in the yard.” Sanford said the heat and smoke were quickly taking over the apartment and the woman was still inside, “I was really concerned cause I couldn’t see her, and everytime I tried to get in there, it was just overwhelming with the smoke, I couldn’t breathe, so I was like ‘Oh man how are we going to get to her?’”

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