Firefighters save dog and 10 puppies from fire
A female dog and her 10 puppies were saved by firefighters after a residential fire Monday evening.
Firefighters were dispatched at 6:29 p.m. Monday to a two-story brick duplex. Upon arrival, they found light to moderate smoke in the back of the building.
“We were hampered a little bit by heat and smoke inside the structure being held in,” said Galesburg Fire Department Battalion Chief Craig Brady. “We finally cut a hole in the roof, got inside and got it knocked down within 20 minutes.”
On scene, a 16-year-old boy was yelling that his dogs were inside the burning building. The boy would not comply with officers’ orders to stay back and continued to try to get to the front door. Due to the heat from the fire and the juvenile’s refusal to get back from the active fire scene, the boy was taken to the ground and handcuffed.
The boy’s mother, Nicole Jamison, arrived on scene and told police he was upset because his house was burning down and his dog and 10 puppies were in the house.
Firefighters recovered the animals but another unrelated dog perished in the fire. The boy was released to his mother.
Fire inspector Mike Whitson said the cause of the fire is undetermined but appears to have started in the kitchen.
Firefighters were on scene for more than two hours.
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