By Jo-Anne MacKenzie
---- — SALEM — A police officer and a neighbor carried an elderly man from the second floor of his burning home early this morning, according to police Lt. Ron Peddle.
A 911 call was made at 3 a.m. from Ackerman Street, alerting police and fire personnel that the home next door was on fire.
Nick and Marie Alsup of 10 Ackerman St. made the call, Peddle said. Nick Alsup raced to his neighbors' home at 11 Ackerman St., banging on doors until an elderly woman woke up and came to the front door She told Alsup her husband, who has trouble walking, was upstairs.
Police Officer Connor Nolan and Alsup entered the house, found the elderly man and carried him from the burning home.
The house was filled with smoke and the rear part of the attic was engulfed in flames at the time, Peddle said.
Both residents, who were not identified, have hearing impairments and other medical issues, police said. Both were taken by ambulance to Parkland Medical Center in Derry for treatment of "minor issues," Peddle said. Both were reportedly in stable condition, according to Salem fire personnel.
The home is owned by Hebert and Mary Herron, according to town records.
The cause of the fire has not been determined and is under investigation by the town fire marshal.