BOSTON (WHDH) - An off-duty Boston firefighter is being hailed as a hero after he rushed into a burning home in West Roxbury and saved a resident and two birds on Friday morning, officials said.

Crews responding to a two-alarm blaze at 210 Willow St. around 9 a.m. found flames and smoke shooting from the roof of the two-and-a-half story home, according to the Boston Fire Department.

The fire was knocked down around 10 a.m. but damages to the home were estimated at about $500,000. Photos from the scene showed several burned-out windows.

Officials say the off-duty firefighter saw smoke and immediately kicked in a door to alert those who were inside the home.

One firefighter was taken to an area hospital with minor injuries. There were no other reported injuries.

The cause of the blaze is under investigation.

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