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LAWRENCE, Mass. — Ivan Soto’s home was engulfed by flames, but the police officer was too busy helping other residents evacuate after a series of natural gas explosions to worry about his own loss.
After making sure his family was safe, the Lawrence officer rushed back out to help others — and stayed on the job even after his bosses told him to leave.
On Friday, little remained of Soto’s home, one of dozens that were damaged by the fiery blasts in three communities north of Boston that killed a teenager and injured at least 25 others.
The article goes on to state the following:
Blackened debris in the driveway and singed siding on a neighbor’s home spoke to the intensity of the fire.
One of Soto’s daughters was the only person home when the blaze started Thursday. She ran across the street to the home of Christel and James Nazario and was crying hysterically, Christel Nazario said.
“Smoke started pouring out of the basement window,” she said. “The house started smoking and then it was just engulfed in flames.
Soto arrived a short time later and told the Nazario family they had to evacuate because there were gas explosions in the city, the couple said. But then he went back to work, Nazario said.
Lawrence, Massachusetts police officer Ivan Soto rushed to save people whose homes were exploding, while his was also on fire. @SheinelleJones and @PeterAlexander talk to him about his act of heroism. pic.twitter.com/byR9zud15J
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) September 15, 2018
“I’m just very thankful… and if I had to do it again, I’d do it again” @lawrencepolice Officer Ivan Soto talks to @boston25 about his selfless acts of rescuing others while his home burned to the ground. pic.twitter.com/6kfA148X91
— Kelly Sullivan (@ksullivannews) September 15, 2018
This house belongs to my friend Veronica Soto and her family. They lost everything. Their daughter was home when the explosion took place. They also lost their furry friends. Please help them. Ivan Soto is a Police Officer and was helping others in the community and this happened https://t.co/trL8VAUhtD
— Jonathan La Salle (@P8NTRMAN) September 15, 2018
LETS HELP! Lawrence MA Police Officer Ivan Soto. His house was destroyed by fire while he was on duty helping to protect Lawrence residents yesterday. The Go Fund Me Account: https://t.co/sQdb841lrU @LawrenceFire146 @lawrencepolice #1DCL pic.twitter.com/iEjVFryY95
— Rick Nohl (@RickNohl) September 14, 2018
Lawrence officer Ivan Soto: “I just wanted to make sure my family was OK and everyone else’s family was OK.” https://t.co/486ylfRraf
— 7News Boston WHDH (@7News) September 15, 2018
“If I had to do it again, I’d do it again” Lawrence officer Ivan Soto tells me he was just doing his job when he went out saving people from gas explosions & fires – while his own home burned to the ground. His family made it out safely.
— Litsa Pappas (@LitsaPappas) September 15, 2018
PLEASE consider donating to this wonderful family. Ivan recently became a Lawrence police officer and they only just purchased their home 3 years ago. It was lost, yesterday, in the fires in Lawrence. Any amount helps. https://t.co/bSUrP0emLg
— Bill Heafey (@bheafey) September 14, 2018
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