Dec 20, 2015 3:19 PM

Police officer subs as firefighter, puts out water heater fire in Belmont home

BELMONT - Officer Vito Marcello didn't have a fireman's hat but he had a fire extinguisher when he responded to a call to a home on Brookside Drive on Friday.

Police were the first to arrive after a water heater was reported on fire at the address. After making sure all the occupants were evacuated, Marcello grabbed a fire extinguisher from the trunk of his cruiser and doused the flames, putting out the fire.

The fire department arrived shortly thereafter and took over, police said.

"We don't usually fight fires, but if we can catch a fire when it is still small, hopefully we can save a residence from destruction," the police department said in a statement afterward.

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