WEST HAZLETON, LUZERNE COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)- A police officer is being considered a hero this morning after discovering a fire on his routine patrol in Luzerne County.

The West Hazleton fire chief tells us patrolman Alex Kosatschkow started smelling smoke just before 11:00 Saturday night. The patrolman found heavy fire coming from the third floor of a home on Winters Avenue.

Firefighters on the scene did not hear any smoke alarms sounding when they arrived. The chief says the flames were difficult to fight because they burnt a hole through the third floor.

Three adults that live in the home made it out safely, thanks in part to the police officer’s quick response.

“He’s one of the guys that went in when one of the residents tried running back in the house,” says West Hazleton Fire Department Chief Shawn Evans. “He gained control of her and pulled her from the house because at that point black, toxic smoke started to come all the way from the third floor to the first floor. That’s a no good thing.”

The three adults that were displaced are being helped by the American Red Cross. A cause of the fire is still under investigation.