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Off-duty firefighter runs inside burning house without protective gear to rescue sleeping man

Bloomington Fire Department.

Off-duty firefighter Gregory Bare went “beyond normal expectations” when he ran into a burning house without protective gear to rescue a sleeping man.

Bare was getting ready for bed around midnight when he saw the house in flames. He immediately ran to the scene and found a woman trying to escape through a window. After assisting the woman, he ran into the house without protective gear to rescue a man inside.

Once his fellow firefighters arrived, Bare worked with them to subdue the flames.

Bloomington’s Fire Chief praised Bare’s efforts.

“The off-duty actions of Firefighter Bare go beyond normal expectations and highlight the professionalism, courage, and excellence we strive for at the Bloomington Fire Department,” he said in a statement.

Bare simply said he’s “just glad he was there.”