Elm Grove officer recovering after suffering smoke inhalation

CREATED Feb. 19, 2014 - UPDATED: Feb. 19, 2014

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UPDATE: Officer Nobile has been released from the hospital, according to Elm Grove Chief of Police Jim Gage.

He said contrary to early reports, Nobile did find an elderly homeowner inside the burning home, who was alert and conscious, and carried him out through the garage safely.

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ELM GROVE -- An officer is recovering after suffering from smoke inhalation during a fire in Elm Grove Tuesday night.

Police and fire crews responded to the blaze on Brojan Drive around 9 p.m. 

The officer went into the burning house because first responders and neighbors were unsure if everyone inside the home evacuated, according to a release from the Elm Grove police.

Both occupants of the home exited safely and no injuries were reported. The officer was transported to a nearby hospital for observation.

Police said the fire may have started in a first floor den. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.