Firefighters have been praised for rescuing two lucky dogs from a smoke filled house in Doncaster.
The fortunate four pawed friends were home alone in the kitchen of the house on Princess Street, Woodlands on Thursday (16 November) when the cooker ignited at around 4.30pm. Firefighters think that laundry left on the hob could have started the blaze.
The fire was discovered when the dogs’ owner returned home having taken her young son to a hospital appointment in Sheffield. On seeing her house filled with smoke, she did the right thing and immediately dialled 999.
Adwick, Doncaster and Edlington blue watch firefighters rushed to the scene and entered the property wearing breathing apparatus to rescue the stricken pooches.
The canines- a six-month-old cock-a-poo called Ebony and a two-year-old jack-a-poo named Jet- were both found in a side room within the kitchen.
Despite thick black smoke billowing round the room a vet check later found that they were both healthy, although Jet had suffered some scorched fur as the high temperatures from the blaze heated the metal clasps on his collar.
Unfortunately, there was significant damage to the cooker, kitchen wall and surrounding appliances. The rest of the house was also badly smoke logged.
Firefighters returned the next day to meet the dogs and their owner.
Watch Manager John Cox said: “Blue watch firefighters did a brilliant job using breathing apparatus to find the pets, bring them to safety and put out the fire- all in a matter of minutes. This was a serious fire which caused significant damage, but it was great to return to the property to meet the dogs and their owner properly in calmer circumstances and we’re really pleased that they both appear to be doing ok.”
Owner Shaleen Ross said: “I just want to say a huge and heartfelt thank you to the firefighters who did an absolutely amazing job rescuing my dogs who I love so much. They worked so quickly and no words can say how grateful I am. The 999 control operator also did a brilliant job to keep me calm on the phone and I just think that everyone at the fire service does such a wonderful job.”
It’s thought that smoke alarms had been sounding for over an hour, but no one raised the alarm until Shaleen returned home.