Deputy rescues man, 76, from Sandy house fire

SANDY, Ore. - A Clackamas County sheriff's deputy pulled a 76-year-old man out of a burning house in Sandy early Wednesday morning.

The sheriff's office said Deputy Dustin Cochran was on patrol when he saw smoke coming from a home on Pioneer Boulevard just before 7 a.m. He called in the fire and ran to the house, where several residents were standing outside.

The residents told Cochran that there was a man still inside the house. That's when he ran inside and found a man in his 70s who he said was confused and did not realize the house was on fire.

The man struggled at first, but Deputy Cochran pulled him out of the house.

"Anybody driving by would have done the same thing," Cochran said in a news release from the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office identified the rescued man as 76-year-old Robert Sousa of Sandy.

Sandy fire spokeswoman Tammy Owen said as many as 10 people were displaced by the fire. More than one family lived at the home. Everyone else got out safely.

Owen said the fire started in the basement. The cause is under investigation.

Deputy Cochran said he did not hear any smoke alarms while he was inside the house.