Suffolk police officer rescues couple during Selden house fire

Suffolk police says one of their own rescued a couple whose house was being devoured by fire in Selden Saturday afternoon.

News 12 Staff

Jan 3, 2021, 10:29 PM

Updated 1,207 days ago

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Suffolk police says one of their own rescued a couple whose house was being devoured by fire in Selden Saturday afternoon.
According to police, Officer Sean Kalletta bravely went inside the burning home on Abinet Court and found 55-year-old Robert Baker and 51-year-old wife Debra Baker trying to save their two dogs.
Debra Baker tells News 12 a woman called 911 moments after the flames started, and her husband sprinted next door to get all three people, including their tenant, out.
She says she and her husband noticed their two dogs were still in the burning house and went back after them.
The officer got the couple outside and then attempted to rescue the animals, but was bitten by one of them.
The officer was taken to the hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation and the dog bite. Shortly after, firefighters showed up and rescued one of the dogs - which was taken to an animal emergency hospital.
The dog is expected to recover. The second dog made it out on its own.
Debra Baker tells News 12 there was an explosion right after everyone escaped.
Jim Kreischer was living in the basement when the fire sparked. He said the flames spread throughout the home in a matter of minutes.
Officials haven't confirmed the cause of the fire. Neighbors have started a GoFundMe page to help the couple.


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