Hero police officer saves family from burning home

A POLICE officer has heroically rescued a family trapped inside their burning home.

The house in the Melbourne's suburb of Essendon was ablaze at 8.30pm on Sunday, when the off-duty officer and neighbour realised those inside could not unlock their front gate.

The officer ran to the back of the house and kicked down a fence so the family could flee.

A crew of 28 firefighters rushed to the suburban street to battle the flames, which took an hour to bring unde3r control.

The 46-year-old home was entirely destroyed.

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