A police officer rushed inside a burning house early Thursday morning, woke a sleeping man and escorted him to safety.

Two witnesses saw flames coming from the East Deloney home at 3:30 a.m. and called 911. Jackson police Sgt. Garrett Kellams arrived and pounded on the door, but no one answered.

“Receiving no immediate response, he entered the home and woke the single occupant, immediately evacuating him through the smoke and out of the burning structure,” town of Jackson public information officer Carl Pelletier said in a press release.

The smoke detectors in the house were not working, Jackson Hole Fire/EMS Battalion Chief Mike Moyer said.

The front porch and living room areas of the house were full of smoke and flames when firefighters arrived. The sleeping man’s bedroom was at the other end of the house, with the front door located between his room and the fire.

About 25% of the rental house sustained heavy fire damage, and the main floor has smoke damage, Moyer said. Fire Marshal Kathy Clay is investigating the cause of the fire. No one was injured in the blaze, but Moyer said the incident is a good reminder for Teton County residents to check their smoke detectors and make an exit plan with their family or roommates.

“Create an evacuation plan,” Moyer said.

Contact Emily Mieure at 732-7066 or courts@jhnewsandguide.com.

Emily Mieure covers criminal justice and breaking news. She has reported for WDRB TV in Louisville, Ky., WFIE TV in Evansville, Ind., and WEIU TV in Charleston, Ill.

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