Dogs and owner rescued from house fire in Leicester

by Leanne Thompson on December 19, 2012

A trio of dogs, as well as their owner, were rescued from a Leicester house last week, after the owner ran back into the burning building in search of his beloved canines.

Neighbours looked on in fright as the fire grew stronger and smoke poured out onto the street in Downham Avenue, Beaumont. After an emergency call, six firefighters swarmed to the property in an attempt to prevent the fire from spreading. However, little did they know that they would have to rescue not only the animals inside the property, but also the owner.

Firefighters made their way into the semi-detached property by entering the house via the window on the first floor. Although the thick smoke made it difficult for firefighters to see, the male owner was spotted close to the back door of the house. During his time in the house, the owner had been trying to navigate his way through clouds of smoke to find three of his pet dogs. Luckily, firefighters managed to save the dogs before flames ripped through the ground floor.

Firefighter John Ong said:

“The neighbours weren’t sure if anyone was inside, so we sent in six guys to scan the house.”

After resting in Leicester Royal Infirmary, Nottingham City Hospital treated the property owner on Monday, December 10, for smoke inhalation and minor burns. The dogs were slightly startled after the incident but were unharmed. Despite the fact that nobody was seriously hurt during the fire, it is clear that it shook up the community. A 52-year-old neighbour, Dinesh Suthar, said:

β€œIt was very big and the flames were blowing out onto the street.”

The fire is not being treated as suspicious but the cause is currently unknown.

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