House destroyed on Pineview Street in Havelock

Published: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 12:20 PM.

The whole front of the home was ablaze when the first fire crews arrived. Winter said he was directed to the side of the house where passersby had heard the child inside.

“We could hear the baby moving around in there,” said Virginia Harper, who saw the fire. “The father was trying to get the baby. There were two heavy-set men pulling toys and stuff out of the window trying to call him.”

Fire crews directed Winter to the side window.

“The police officers helped me jump into the window,” Winter said. “I couldn’t have gotten in there without the police officers’ help.”

After finding the child, Winter realized that two of his own fingers had been slightly burned in the rescue. He had run up to the house with just one protective fire glove.

“They told me to hurry up and find the kid and I don’t care about the glove,” Winter said.

Winter has been with the department for a decade and said he had never had a live rescue.



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