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Officer enters burning house to search for fire victims

A veteran Wellesley police officer just weeks from retirement was on his way to a traffic detail Monday afternoon when he discovered a house burning and dashed in to search for people amid flames and heavy smoke.

Rick Weaver, 62, noticed an ­orange glow in the sky at about 3:57 p.m., according to a police statement. When he went to investigate, he saw flames shooting out of the first floor of a ranch house at the end of Ashmont Road, a dead-end street near the Needham line.

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