Newton Falls officer saves wheelchair-bound man from fire

The fire broke out about 11:30 p.m. at a home on Ophelia Street

NEWTON FALLS, Ohio (WYTV) – A Newton Falls police officer is being credited for rescuing an elderly man from a fire late Thursday.

The fire broke out about 11:30 p.m. at a home on Ophelia Street.

Police Sergeant Brian Foor got to the house just before firefighters and crawled through the smoke to get to the man who was lying next to his wheelchair.

Captain John Chicko, Newton Falls Joint Fire District, said the victim is lucky Sergeant Foor got to the scene so quickly.

“Doesn’t take very long, they get to breathing smoke and it is kind of like putting your hand over your mouth. It just fills up your lungs and then that is it,” Chicko said.

The victim was taken to Saint Elizabeth Health Center and is expected to recover.

During the rescue the man’s oxygen tank exploded, which fueled the fire.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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