Livermore police officer rescues woman as fire rages outside her home

Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department extinguishes backyard blaze in 5 minutes

A Livermore police office rescued an elderly woman from a burning house Tuesday night, police said Wednesday.

When police and firefighters reached the fire at 820 Grace Street, a neighbor said that an elderly woman was trapped inside, said Livermore officer Steve Goard.

Livermore Police Officer Brian Sleeper, who was first on the scene, immediately kicked open the

front door and ran inside, Goard said. Sleeper found the woman lying on the floor in the master bedroom and carried her out of the house.

The woman, who has not been identified, received medical attention at the scene but was not injured.

Joe Testa, Battalion Chief of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department, said that when firefighters arrived at the scene, they found the single family home with heavy smoke and flames that appeared to be either from the backyard or the rear of the residence.

After firefighters made sure no one other than the rescued woman was in the house, they proceeded to the backyard where a shed was found fully involved in fire and spreading to the house. They brought the fire under control within five minutes.

The shed and its contents were a total loss. Damage to the exterior of the home included a broken dual pane sliding glass window.

The woman who was pulled from the home had been in a bed next to that sliding glass window and would have been at great risk before being rescued.

Testa said that oily rags stored n the backyard shed might have started the fire. He urged homeowners to be sure to dispose of oily rags properly and to never leave them piled or wadded up or stored near combustible items.


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Posted by Lisa
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Apr 25, 2014 at 8:31 am

We are truly blessed with some dedicated police officers who risk their lives every day to serve our communities. Thankfully Officer Brian Sleeper is one of those and acted quickly to save this woman.

Thank you Officer Sleeper and all our First Responders!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Apr 25, 2014 at 9:13 am

Thank you Officer! That's what I call a GOOD DEED!

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Posted by jim
a resident of Oak Hill
on Apr 25, 2014 at 9:36 am

Great work by a very brave police officer

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