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Police at traffic stop save 12 from Pr. William house fire

Josh White

Police officers often say there is no such thing as a routine traffic stop.

They never know what they're going to find, they said, and that was reinforced early Sunday morning in the Manassas area when a traffic stop turned into a daring fire rescue for a group of Prince William County patrol officers.

It was just before 2:15 a.m. when officers pulled a car over near the intersection of Irongate Way and Anvil Drive. A resident flagged them down with reports that a nearby townhouse was on fire. Officers Michael L. Jordan and Michael A. Scarcella ran to the 8300 block of Irongate Way to investigate.

Four adults and eight children were sleeping as fire began to consume the townhouse's second floor, police said. Jordan and Scarcella woke the residents and escorted them from the house unharmed.

Officer Erika Hernandez, who also happens to be one of the department's public information officers, was working a night shift and arrived to assist, evacuating residents from a neighboring house.

Fire and rescue crews arrived quickly and extinguished the fire, which marshals determined likely originated in a ground-level shed and spread to the main residence's second floor. There was an estimated $25,000 in damage, but no one was hurt. It was unclear if there were operational smoke detectors in the house, officials said.

Proof again that your run-of-the-mill traffic stop can turn into just about anything.

-- Josh White

By Josh White  |  January 12, 2010; 3:39 PM ET
Categories:  Fires & Fire Safety , Heroes , Josh White , Pr. William  
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I don't believe this. This is propaganda. Police are all bad. i don't trust any of them. If I have an emergency situation on my hands, I call one of my friends. If it's not late at night or the weekend or a holiday, they're always glad to help.

Posted by: uncivil | January 12, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Brilliant! Lets see, your house is on fire and rather than callling 911 or trusting the police who are banging on your door trying to wake you up to get you and your family out, you start phoning a friend over with a fire extinguisher?

Posted by: anon55 | January 12, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Twelve? Twelve people living in a townhouse? Really?

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | January 12, 2010 7:18 PM | Report abuse

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