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COLUMBIA CITY â€” A Columbia City police officer and area firemanâ€™s house caught fire Thursday night.
Kenny Smith, master patrolman for the CCPD and a long-time fireman for Thorncreek Township, was on police duty when his home caught fire just around 11 p.m.
The officerâ€™s wife, Julie Smith, was on-duty as a Whitley County dispatcher and took the 911 call from her son.
Smith said he rushed home at 185 W CR 200 N and was able to save two of three cats. He then changed from his CCPD uniform to his fire gear to assist in extinguishing the fire.
Smithâ€™s sons, ages 17 and 10, were at home in bed when they heard the smoke detectors go off.
â€śOur older son grabbed his brother and got out of the house before calling 911,â€ť Smith said. â€śHe did everything exactly as I taught him.â€ť
According to Smith, the sons saw a glow from another room on their way out of the house.
â€śThey think it probably started in the bathroom or closet,â€ť Smith said.
Smith warned that itâ€™s very important for people to make sure their smoke detectors are working and their children have a fire safety plan.
â€śThose smoke detectors saved my sonsâ€™ lives. I can replace everything in the house. I canâ€™t replace my sons,â€ť Smith said.
For a more in-depth article and more photos, pick up a copy of Friday's Post and Mail.