EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police say a major house fire was narrowly avoided on Sunday morning thanks to the quick thinking of one of their officers.
Officials say that officers responded to the 100 block of North Garfield St. after reports of a disorderly man hitting the walls inside his house.
Officers saw smoke and heard fire alarms when they arrived to the scene.
Police say they made visual and verbal contact with the man to have him exit the home, but he refused.
Officers feared for the man's health and safety due to his failure to acknowledge the danger and refusal to exit, so they forced entry inside to evacuate him.
The man was evaluated by paramedics and transported for treatment while fire fighters extinguished the fire.