Blind Man Rescued From Pittsburg House Fire, Police Officer Injured

PITTSBURG (CBS SF) — A blind man was rescued from a house fire in Pittsburg on Wednesday evening, Contra Costa County fire officials said.

The fire was reported at a single-family home shortly after 7:20 p.m. near West 11th and York streets, according to fire officials.

Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke coming from the back and sides of the home and were informed that there might be someone inside.

But at least one Pittsburg police officer was already on scene and working to rescue a blind man from the house, fire officials said.

The man was rescued from the home and transported via ambulance to a hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation.

During the rescue, a Pittsburg police officer was cut by falling glass. He was transported to a hospital as well, fire officials said.

Firefighters brought the two-alarm fire under control and are in the process of pulling out insulation to prevent any flare ups.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, fire officials said.

By Hannah Albarazi – Follow her on Twitter: @hannahalbarazi.

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