Franklinton fire results in rescues by police officers and fireman

A Tuesday evening fire burned an apartment at the Fairgrounds apartments in Franklinton, and resulted in the rescue of an occupant.
Franklinton firefighters and Franklinton police officers responded to the blaze, which was reported at 7:23 p.m. The apartment complex is just blocks away from the fire department and the police department.
Upon arrival, police officers were advised by residents that someone was still inside the burning apartment.
Sgt. William Manning and Lt. James Holmes entered the buring apartment and found a seriously burned woman. The two officers were able to get her to safety. A Franklinton firefighter, Chad Manning, former chief of the department, assited the two officers in searching for other possible occupants in the apartment. Chad Manning is the father of William Manning.
A resident entered the burning apartment and also had to be rescued by Holmes, William Manning, and Chad Manning.
After the fire was extinguished, William Manning was taken to Riverside Medical Center to be treated for smoke inhalation.
Franklinton Police Chief Justin Brown said the actions of the three men saved the life of the female resident and the othher person. He said the names of the officers have been submitted to the American Police Hall of Fame for the Silver Star for Bravery and Lifesaving Award.


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