POLICE ASSOCIATION OF NOVA SCOTIA 45 NEW GLASGOW—The quick action of a local police officer is credited with getting a boy safely from his burning house early Saturday morning. The unidentified officer was patrolling near the New Glasgow courthouse about 5:45 a.m. when he noticed smoke and flames coming from a house on the opposite side of the East River, said police spokesman Const. Ken MacDonald. He called the town fire department and went directly to the Albion Street house, where flames were shooting from the attic. The officer, who didn't know whether anyone was home, kept banging on the front door until a teenage boy answered. The 16-year-old, who had been asleep downstairs, was home alone and unhurt. The fire appears to have started in an old flue serving a wood and oil furnace, said Fire Chief Russ Mosher. The liner cracked, and flames leaked through the bricks to ignite rafters in the attic. Firefighters had to tear down an up-stairs ceiling to gain access to the flames. Fire damage was contained to the upper portion of the house, but the lower floor sustained water damage. The flames left a gaping hole in the roof, and the home will need extensive repairs before it can be lived in again, Chief Mosher said. The Red Cross responded to help the boy, whose mother was out of the province at the time of the fire. He has gone to stay with neighbours temporarily. The agency also supplied the boy with food and clothing vouchers, a service it offers through its volunteers and donations, said Bill Campbell, Nova Scotia regional director of the Red Cross. ( As originally published The Chronicle Herald December 23, 2007 By MONICA GRAHAM Cop Wakes Boy as Flames Shoot out Roof A tarp-covered hole next to a blackened chimney and blistered paint along the eaves of this New Glasgow house are the only exterior signs of a Saturday-morning fire that made the home uninhabitable. (MONICA GRAHAM) New Glasgow officer banged on door at 5:45 a.m. until sleeping teen answered