Two Chapel Hill police officers were injured rescuing a resident from a fire in his apartment late Tuesday, officials reported.
“They were told by some folks outside that there was a resident inside the home,” police spokesman Lt. Josh Mecimore said. “They found an elderly person inside who apparently suffered some burns and got him out.”
The resident’s name and condition were not immediately available.
The Chapel Hill Fire Department responded around 9:42 p.m. Tuesday to a 911 call about smoke coming from a residence at 109-B Cole St., according to a news release. Chapel Hill and Carrboro fire crews arrived to find smoke coming from the back of the building and quickly extinguished the fire.
Chapel Hill Police and Orange County EMS also responded. The officers – Officer Brad Kramer and Officer Cole Daniels – and the resident were taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment of their injuries, Mecimore said.
Kramer is the Chapel Hill Police Department’s 2015 Officer of the Year.
Fire department spokeswoman Lisa Edwards said the cause of the fire is under investigation.