Tom DeLaurentis, of Bridgeport, saves child, dog in house fire at 951 Capital Ave

A Bridgeport man rescued a child and a dog from a burning home at 951 Capital Ave. on Wednesday afternoon. Tom DeLaurentis, owner of Daybreak

Tom DeLaurentis, owner of Daybreak Donuts, ran into the burning house while it was fully engulfed in flames after hearing cries of help.

Tom DeLaurentis, owner of Daybreak Donuts, ran into the burning house while it was fully engulfed in flames after hearing cries of help. (12/12/13)

BRIDGEPORT - A Bridgeport man rescued a child and a dog from a burning home at 951 Capital Ave. on Wednesday afternoon.

Tom DeLaurentis, owner of Daybreak Donuts, ran into the burning house while it was fully engulfed in flames after hearing cries of help.

DeLaurentis says the fire and smoke were intense as he and a few other volunteers entered the house to rescue 2-year-old Mikey Ham, whose father was also inside. After saving the child, he went back inside to save the dog.

Despite his actions, DeLaurentis says he is not a hero. Friends of DeLaurentis say they were not surprised when they heard about what he had done, and that he is always putting other people's needs before his own.

Authorities tell News 12 it could be several days before their arson team determines the cause of the fire.
 

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