Three police officers on Long Island are being called heroes after they saved people from a fire.

Police said the fire began in a furniture store and quickly spread to other buildings. The police officers responded to the scene ahead of firefighters and said they saw people trapped on upper floors in the building.

"You don’t really think. You just want to help the people in distress," said Nassau County Police Officer Luis Ascencio.

Ascencio and Officer James Schuerlein grabbed a ladder from a nearby construction site and used it to rescue two people through a second-floor window.

"They don’t have any gear on. No protection from the smoke going up this ladder, risking their own lives to help other people," said Nassau County PBA President James Carver.

In the back of the building Officer Evan Marro climbed up a ladder to rescue four people, including two children.

No one was seriously injured in the fire. Ascencio said he and his fellow officers do not consider themselves heroes as they were just doing their job.

(Copyright (c) 2016 Sunbeam Television. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Join our Newsletter for the latest news right to your inbox