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Police: Officer's quick thinking saves couple from house blaze

Officer Cole Barkos reportedly helped the two residents down from the roof early Friday morning.
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Quick thinking from a Duluth police officer helped rescue two people from a fire early Friday.

According to the Duluth Police Department, Officer Cole Barkos responded to a report of a house fire just after midnight on Friday, arriving at the scene to find a man and woman had made their way from a second floor window to the roof line of the back of the house.

With flames spreading quickly, DPD says Barkos took a ladder from the house’s garage and helped the two residents down on what was Barkos’ first night shift with the department.

"Officer Barkos thought outside the box. He was running towards that danger to make sure that the people were okay,” said Lieutenant Ryan Morris in a statement.

"To look for a ladder and someway to get them off the roof, it was great thinking on his part. I was very proud of his actions."

According to KBJR, the two residents were taken to a local hospital via ambulance for treatment. 

Note: The details provided in this story are based on the police’s latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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