YORK COUNTY, Va. (WAVY) — Firefighters tackled flames at a home on the 400 block of Goosley Road in Yorktown Tuesday afternoon.
Assistant Chief Paul Long with the York County Fire Department said they received the call shortly after 1 p.m. When crews arrived, there was heavy smoke coming from the top of the home. It took firefighters 25 minutes to get the blaze under control.
Animal control was also called to the home after the family dog bit a firefighter. Assistant Chief Jeffery Payne said the dog did not penetrate the firefighter’s protective gear, and the firefighter was able to continue working. The dog’s owner secured the animal and animal control’s assistance was not needed.
“We’ll go in and that dog is very protective,” Payne said. “I’m sure he saw his owner upset, and with all that was going on, and protected his property.”
The homeowner, Gary Johnson, said the dog was protecting the home and likely got aggressive because the firefighter was an unfamiliar face. Johnson said the fire destroyed the inside of the home.
“It’s just a mess,” Johnson said. “It looks like a bomb hit it on the inside … That stuff can be replaced. I wasn’t worried about that a bit. I was just worried about the health of and safety of my wife.”
His wife was inside the home at the time of the fire, but she was not injured.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.