Man rescued from burning building in Marengo

MARENGO, Ill. -- Three Marengo police officers are hailed as heroes for saving the man’s life.

Flames broke out at around 10 p.m. Monday, on the second-floor of a duplex on East Grant Highway near Locust St in Marengo.

Three officers arrived on the scene first and when they went inside they found the victim semi-unconscious on the first-floor.

“When I kicked the door in, there was a fair amount of smoke on the first level,” said Officer Andrew Kjellgren. “The fire that we had seen was on the second level. It was starting to fill with smoke. I hollered out a couple times … and I heard a low moan.”

The officers dragged the man to the front lawn.

He suffered severe burns and was airlifted to Loyal University Medical Center where he is in serious to critical condition.

But the fire chief credits those officer’s for saving the man’s life. He would not have made it out if it wasn’t for them.

The Marengo fire chief says it looks like the fire started in an upstairs kitchen.

But the state fire Marshall is looking into the cause.