A Virginia family lost its home to a fire this month, but thanks to the brave efforts of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department, their two dogs are alive and well.
On its Facebook page the fire department posted a video (scroll down to watch) of the first responders walking through the blazing split-level home. According to the department, it took more than 30 minutes and more than 60 firefighters to control the flames. Although nobody was home when the fire started on a screened-in porch, three dogs were trapped inside.
The video, taken from a camera mounted on one of the responders’ helmets, shows firefighters walking around flames in the home when one yells, “I’ve got a dog! I’m going to take the dog out!” He then carries the dog outside and goes back into the home, where another dog was found and brought outside to be given oxygen. One of the dogs is seen running around on the lawn. Unfortunately, after the fire, the family’s third dog was found dead.
See the video of the rescue below.
We frequently see firefighters and other first responders risking their lives to protect family pets. For instance, we recently reported on firefighters carrying a dog down a mountain after he became separated for his owner and couldn’t get down himself. And in Charleston, the firefighters included Caitlyn, the pit bull who was found with her muzzle taped shut, in their popular annual firefighters-and-dogs calendar that raises funds for an animal-welfare charity.
Remember to thank your local first responders for all the hard work they do protecting us and our pets.