Fife dog rescued from blaze

by Vivien Richardson on April 3, 2014

A Ballingry family are breathing a sigh of relief following the rescue of their pet dog during a middle-of-the-night house fire.

The blaze broke out at approximately 4.30am on Saturday, March 29, in the attic of the family’s two story, mid-terraced home. James and Cheryl Dow, plus their four young children, fled the property when the flames engulfed the loft, but were unable to find the family pet.

Following a call made to the fire brigade, a large number of firefighters from Lochgelly Community Fire Station arrived at the scene. Two appliances were initially used to try and put the fire out, but when the roof caved in, additional firefighters from Kirkcaldy and Glenrothes were called to the scene.

Not only did the fire service tackle the flames, which ultimately destroyed the property, but they also found the family’s pet boxer in a first-floor bedroom cowering beneath a bed. Although frightened and trembling, the dog was unharmed.

Shortly after at 7:10 am, the fire was brought under control.

So great was the damage caused by the blaze that surrounding properties were also at risk, with neighbours in nearby houses evacuated to prevent further safety concerns.

Alex Smart, the group manager for the service, said that while the fire investigation team were carrying out an initial investigation on the ground floor, they heard a noise coming from upstairs that turned out to be the missing pooch.

Although the blaze claimed their home, the family and their boxer are recovering well.

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