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Tampa, Florida -- A Tampa Police officer is hailed as a hero for saving three people from a burning house.

TPD says Reserve Officer Mike Simpson was patrolling the Beach Park neighborhood Wednesday night when he smelled smoke and found the front of a house on Shore Crest Drive up in flames.

He rushed inside through a side entrance, where he found an elderly couple, one of whom was in a wheelchair. A nurse who cares for the husband was also with them.

Officer Simpson was able to get all three of them -- and himself -- out safely.

Damage to the house is estimated at about $90,000. Investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical problem on the front porch.

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