SUMPTER – An Oregon State Police trooper carried an elderly woman to safety Sunday afternoon, as a car fire spread to her home.
Senior Trooper Brad Duncan of the Fish and Wildlife Division in Baker City was patrolling in Sumpter when he saw a vehicle on fire with three people standing nearby, one trying unsuccessfully to douse the flames with a fire extinguisher.
Duncan told them to move away for their own safety. Learning the 81-year-old homeowner might be inside the home, he and firefighter David Stellman of the Sumpter Valley Fire Department went to the door to check. Duncan went inside and found the woman and her son, who said his mother was unable to stand or walk on her own.
As smoke poured inside and the house began to burn, Duncan carried the woman out of the house and to his patrol vehicle.
Sumpter Valley firefighters extinguished the fire, and the American Red Cross assisted the residents.
OSP said the fire started as a resident worked on the vehicle fuel system.