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Jerry took me to a house fire today.

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Jerry took me on an unofficial call (for him) to a house fire. (it was out of his jurisdiction) I am sure some of you have been involved in a fire at one time in your life. They are such a HARD thing to watch. We pulled up enough out of the way but close enough to see everything. There were firefighters running in with their axes, hoses, etc, and all of a sudden I heard this dog barking inside............well, I felt sick inside. I start praying for them to find the dog and find it quickly. Well, we could tell they were trying to save it, but the dog was frightened, (go figure) and kept running from them, barking his head off. I kept praying, get the dog and get out. FINALLY, one firefighter comes out, carrying about a 25 pound mixed breed in his arms..........the dog kept trying to turn around in his arms and lick his face. I gotta tell you, I literally sat in Jerry's SUV and cried.........I just wanted to run over and take the dog from him but Jerry assured me that he would be well taken care of until the owners of the home could be notified............. What a day.......(the house was a total loss by the way)
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I understand many departments now carry oxygen masks that fit various sizes of pets.
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Oh that is so awful! One of my best friends growing up lost her house to a fire when we were in 4th grade. Fortunately no one was a home at the time. It was doubly awful for her dad, he had lost his first wife and son in a house fire. I just remember he was so grateful he didn't loose his 'new' family.

I'm so glad they got the doggie out!
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Originally Posted by MoochNNoodles
Oh that is so awful! One of my best friends growing up lost her house to a fire when we were in 4th grade. Fortunately no one was a home at the time. It was doubly awful for her dad, he had lost his first wife and son in a house fire. I just remember he was so grateful he didn't loose his 'new' family.

I'm so glad they got the doggie out!
Oh what an awful thing to live through...........
post #5 of 14
I'm so glad that the doggie got out ok..it must have been torture in those moments not knowing if they were going to get him out or not. He'll be one happy puppy to be reunited with his family
post #6 of 14
Someone was watching out for that little doggie! I'm so glad that he's ok!
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City firefighters in my town just saved a guinea pig! My husband told me that all the local departments have those muzzle adapters for oxygen now. I just think it's great that they saved a little guinea pig! I'm glad that doggie was safe!
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Glad the doggy was OK!
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That must have been so hard to watch... not only because you wanted them to get the dog out, but you'd have wanted them to get out too - when you think about it, these guys put their lives on the line every time they go out to a call. Who knows if that one call will be their last? God bless them... they do so much while we sit here and take it for granted that they're there.

I'm so glad everyone was ok... I can't imagine what it must have been like to jsut sit there and feel helpless watching them. I bet that's one really happy doggie now!!
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One the other hand about 6 yrs ago we had the local volunteer FD set our house on fire. Not the one we live in but the property next door to us. Trust me -someone lived in that house-it was substandard at best. The worst is someone lived their for a long time too!! Its some practice for the FD also. They chief said it would take approx 45 minutes from start to when the walls would cave. He was right!! However DH got a thrill as he doused the inside with about 30 gallons of fuel oil and got to light the fire.
These are the only good types of house fires. It was quite the scene. I did take lots of pictures
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Having experienced one major house fire, I'd like to take this opportunity to remind everybody that it's really necessary for all pet guardians to have stickers on their doors and/or windows indicating how many pets of what species they have. We had two dogs and a cat in the house when fire broke out on our tenants' side. Our dog was being walked by my husband, and the first thing I did was grab our cat and put him in a carrier, but our tenants' dog freaked out, and the husband, who was the only one home at the time, was in such a panic that he couldn't control the dog and get him out. The fire fighters ignored the danger of "grabbing" a Shepherd/Bernese Mountain Dog mix, and got the dog out, too. They really have to know what they have to look for, though, so put up stickers!
post #12 of 14
I would have been bawling for joy too. I'm glad the dog made it out!
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I'm so glad the puppy was saved!!!!
post #14 of 14
I've got one of those stickers. Don't forget to have them on the windows of your kids rooms too. It's sorta neat to see a house they set fire to for practice- they did this to a house in masschusetts a few years ago which was going to be demolished anyway.

On a sadder note, one of my parent's neighbors lost their cats in a house fire a few years ago. The home was extremely damaged but was rebuilt, however they never moved back in due to bad memories, I guess.
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