Angola firefighters are being credited with saving a 3-year-old boy from a burning house in Steuben County early Thursday morning.
Firefighters were called to 4275 County Road West 100 North around 12:30 a.m. for a reported fire and a boy trapped inside.
Angola Fire Department Spokesman TR Hagerty said three law enforcement officers were first to arrive and were hurt trying to rescue the boy.
According to Indiana State Police, a Toll Road Tropper was taken to a hospital in Angola and treated for smoke inhalation, but has since been released. An officer with the Angola Police Department was treated and released for smoke inhalation and a cut to his hand. In addition, a member of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department was taken to an Angola hospital for smoke inhalation, and later transferred to a hospital in Fort Wayne.
Hagerty said when firefighters arrived there was heavy fire throughout the home. Fire crews went inside the house to perform an “aggressive search.” The boy was located inside a bedroom that was filled with smoke, but had no active fire.
The boy was then taken to the hospital in Angola before being transferred to a Fort Wayne hospital. Hagerty did not have details on any injuries or the condition of the boy.
The fire to the single-story home was extinguished rather quickly. Hagerty said crews will overhaul the home before investigators work to determine what caused the fire.
Two adults were inside the house at the time of the fire. They were not injured.
Several departments were initially called to the house fire because of its location, about four miles west of Angola in rural Steuben County. Hagerty said with information about a trapped person it was important to get help to the home as quickly as possible.