Exclusive video of family pet found alive and rescued from burning home
Symmes Township, Oh. - A home on Brentmoor Drive near Loveland High School that overlooks the Little Miami River suffered major fire damage on Tuesday. The family dog however, after being in the house for more than an hour while the home burned above her, was rescued by Goshen firefighter, Kevin Lynch.
The initial call of a house on fire came from a person across the river in Warren County around 8:45 AM. It was the only 911 call the fire department received reporting the blaze. Loveland/Symmes (LSFD) firefighters headed to the general area and found the home "fully engulfed" in fire, according to LSFD Deputy Chief Andrew Knapp. He said after talking to neighbors they were able to determine that no one was home. That information, put the responding firefighters into "defensive mode" knocking down the fire from the outside with a hoses from a ladder truck and ground positions in the yard.
Knapp said that crews from LSFD, Deerfield Township, Mason, Goshen, Blue Ash, Miami Township, and Hamilton Township responded.
The family dog, Cssie was rescued, more than an hour after the fire started. After the owners were contacted and arrived back home, they told firefighters that the family dog was in the burning house, that by then, flames had fully destroyed the second floor. They said the dog would probably be in her favorite spot in the sun-room. Knapp said the dog was wet and sooty, exactly where the homeowner predicted she would be.
Homeowner, Chet Fuller said afterwards, "The only thing my wife cared about was the rescue of the dog, and that was taken care of."
Lynch said, "He was sitting up, looking at me when I walked in. He was hiding behind a chair."
Firefighters put the pet into the back of a truck and tried to give it oxygen from a special mask made for animals. In a matter of minutes however, Cssie was walking down the sidewalk with her owner, greeting neighbors and heading to the vet for a checkup.
LSFD Deputy Chief Billy Goldfeder, who was the Safety Officer on the scene later said, "That was such a great outcome for a horrible fire. I have to tell you – and this is my forty-first year as a firefighter – when the family got there, all they asked about was their dog – nothing else mattered. And look, I'm not a pet person - but it reminded me just how important pets are to those we serve."
No firefighters were injured fighting the fire with temperatures in the teens on Tuesday morning.
The Fire Investigator Team from Clermont County had been notified and will begin an investigation of the origin and cause of the fire, according to Knapp.
Goshen firefighter, Kevin Lynch found Cssie hiding behind a chair in the sun-room