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Officer continues to duty despite the loss of house in Boston-area explosions

The house is the property of Lawrence police officer Ivan Soto is almost burned to the ground on Jefferson Street, in Lawrence, Mass., Friday, Sept. 14, 2018.

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A Massachusetts police officer is being hailed as a hero after staying on duty to help residents affected by the Boston-area explosions Thursday evening. This, he found from his own house was engulfed in flames.

All that was left of Lawrence police officer Ivan Soto’s home Friday morning was a charred shell. Soto ‘ s house was one of the many that were severely damaged by gas explosions that affected three areas north of Boston.

Christel Nazario, one of de Soto’s neighbors, told The Associated Press that only one of his two daughters was at home when the fire started. She walked to the other side of the street Nazario at home.

“Smoke started to flow out of the basement window,” she said. “The house began to smoke and then it was just engulfed in flames.”

The officer, who came soon after in the house that he shared with his wife and girls, back to work, after asking his neighbors to evacuate the area.

Sgt. John Dushame said that Soto “didn’t want to leave” despite the knowledge that his house had caught fire.

An estimated 8,000 people are evacuated after a series of natural gas explosions set off fires in 60 to 80 homes. There were evacuations in Lawrence, andover and North Andover. A person died in the blast and at least 25 people were injured.

A GoFundMe page set up for Soto’s family had raised more than $ 28,000 Friday afternoon.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Paulina Dedaj is a writer/ reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter @PaulinaDedaj.

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