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New Jersey police officer climbs into a burning building to save 4 people


WASHINGTON (Circa) -- Police officers in New Brunswick, New Jersey are being hailed heroes on social media after a video of them saving a family from a burning building was released to the public.

The footage, captured on an officer's body cam, shows multiple officers arriving at the scene of a burning apartment building. They were dispatched to the location where they were told there was more than one building on fire in the area. Multiple people can be seen on the video yelling at the family above them to leave their premises immediately.

Officers began searching for potential victims and found two children and their grandparents stranded on a second-floor balcony. One of the policemen jumped into action immediately and scaled the building to reach the second floor. Once he was there, he dropped the children into the hands of other officers on the ground one by one, according to New Brunswick Police Department.

Afterward, police then helped the grandparents get over a railing to escape the burning fire.

"At this time, the fire has been deemed accidental, possibly as a result of Holiday decorations, or a Menorah. This should serve as a reminder to please be safe with any Holiday decorations and or religious articles," the police department said in a Facebook post. "We always recommend using something other than candle lit items if they will be out of view at all. Please keep all smoke detectors in good working order and batteries fresh. There is no doubt that working smoke alarms saved lives during this incident. Please be safe!"

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