ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A police officer was treated for minor smoke inhalation after he and two other government workers rescued a baby and other occupants of a small apartment complex destroyed by fire Thursday.
The police officer, a Bernalillo County Fire and [auth] Rescue Department official and a water authority worker separately spotted the fire and quickly moved to evacuate the residents, officials said.
The Bernalillo County fire official, Division Chief Darrell Lindsey, said the fire prevented a half-dozen residents from leaving a courtyard between the eight-unit complex’s two buildings.
Lindsey said he, the police officer and the water worker knocked down a chain-link fence so the residents could escape.
“We were all just working frantically to get everybody out,” Lindsey said.
Firefighters then arrived and put out the fire.
No residents were injured, but police spokeswoman Tasia Martinez said Officer Robert Mitchell was expected to return to duty later Thursday after being at a hospital for smoke inhalation.
The fire’s cause was under investigation.