Indiana State Police trooper among 3 injured trying to save boy from fire in Angola

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An Indiana State Trooper, a Steuben County sheriff deputy and an Angola Police officer were treated for injuries after trying to rescue a boy from a burning home early Thursday in rural Angola.

At around 12:24 a.m., a trooper each from the Fort Wayne and Toll Road posts responded to 4275 W. 100 N after it was reported that a 3-year-old boy was inside the burning residence, according to an Indiana State Police news release.

The Toll Road trooper arrived at 12:25 a.m. and the Fort Wayne trooper arrived at 12:26 a.m. and found two men outside the home, one of whom was the boy’s father who was yelling that his son was inside his bedroom, according to the release. The troopers, along with the deputy and Angola officer, tried to get inside the home.

The officers couldn’t find the boy because of the fire, heat and smoke. At 12:40 a.m., the boy was found alive and unconscious in another part of the home by a firefighter with the Angola Fire Department. He was taken to a Fort Wayne hospital.

The Toll Road trooper was treated at Cameron Memorial Community Hospital in Angola for smoke inhalation and was released just after 6 a.m. The Angola officer was also treated and released from Cameron for smoke inhalation and a cut to his hand. The deputy was initially taken to Cameron, but was then transferred to a Fort Wayne hospital for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by the Indiana State Police, the Angola Fire Department and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.

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