Streator Officer Catches Baby In Dramatic Fire Rescue

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STREATOR – An apartment fire in Streator Saturday morning had five escape the home without injury, including a baby caught by a police officer after being dropped from a second story window.   The Streator Fire Department was called around 8 AM to an apartment in the 400 block of Richards Street for a fully involved fire with occupants trapped.  A Streator police officer, one of the first to arrive, caught a newborn that was dropped by the family trapped in the flames.   The remaining residents were able to jump from the window to safety, as were two dogs and 13 puppies.  Authorities remained on the scene five hours and the cause of the fire is still under investigation.