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Man considered hero after rescuing kids from Waterville fire

(WABI)
Published: Apr. 21, 2020 at 2:57 PM EDT
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Firefighters are calling one man a hero after he rescued three kids from a house fire in Waterville.

Around 2 Tuesday afternoon, several fire departments responded to a fire on Morrill Avenue.

Officials tell us two of the three apartments were occupied at the time of the fire, but thankfully, everyone is safe.

That's in part because of Aaron Brunelle. Officials say Brunelle lives in the building.

Once alerted of the smoke Brunelle began checking on neighbors in the building.

We're told he went up to the third floor of the house, kicked down a door, and saved the kids.

Whose parents happened to be at the grocery store when the fire broke out.

"We like to recognize citizens who go above and beyond duty. I'll be recommending to the City Manager as well as the Mayor that we issue Aaron a life-saving award on behalf of the fire department and the city of Waterville for his heroic actions."

We're told approximately 10 people have been displaced.

The Red Cross is assisting the family with housing.

The Fire Marshal's Office is still investigating.

But officials believe the fire may have started on the outside of the building and then spread indoors.