BURTON, S.C. – Firefighters responding to a blaze at a South Carolina home rescued five dogs from a burning building on Friday, authorities said.
According to a Facebook post by the Burton Fire District, firefighters were called just after 1 p.m. EST. The people inside the home were able to safely escape, but the family’s five dogs were in still in the building, fire department Capt. Dan Byrne told The Island Packet newspaper.
The dogs were removed, and two of the canines were resuscitated by fire and emergency personnel, WCIV-TV reported.
“The animals did what they do when scared and hid, and the family did what they should have, which was evacuate immediately,” the Burton Fire District said in a statement, according to The Island Packet. “They aided us in telling us where they saw the animals run to.”
Within 15 minutes, the fire district said the fire was under control and was extinguished several minutes later, WCSC-TV reported.
“While the fire was confined to the rear of the home, the home still sustained heavy heat and smoke damages, displacing the family,” the fire district said in a news release.
Investigators said they are still trying to determine what caused the fire, WSAV-TV reported.
Sophia Gomez, who identified herself as a friend of the family displaced by the fire, has started a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses.
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