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Mo. officers praised after rescuing five from fires

By Patrick M. O'Connell and Terry Hillig
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS, Mo. — Five people asleep in two separate burning buildings were saved by police officers alert enough to spot fires and brave enough to go inside, officials said Monday.

The first case, Sunday morning, involved three St. Louis County police officers who twice went into a smoke-filled house in Mehlville to rescue a couple and their adult son who slept through sounding smoke detectors.

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