NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — Two dogs were rescued and revived by Newport News firefighters during a house fire call on Louise Drive Wednesday morning.
Fire officials tweeted a picture of one of the dogs who was revived on the scene at 11:04 a.m. Dispatchers say the fire was called in at 9:44 a.m.
A family of four has also been displaced as a result of the fire. Brandon Ballard owns the home and says he found out about the fire when he got a call from the police department. His wife and two children were all at school at the time of the fire.
“I was thinking something happened with my family. I was thinking somebody didn’t get off to school,” said Ballard. “Then I heard about what happened and I thought, as long as my family is okay. Then it’s not a really big deal.”
A neighbor reported the fire, and told arriving firefighters that no one was home.
Pincus says firefighters found the dogs, named Daisy and Loki, inside the house unconscious, and carried them outside.
Medics on the scene applied oxygen masks to them, and began trying to help them breathe. Daisy and Loki soon began breathing on their own and were able to stand up again.
“I am so thankful that they had the kind of stuff they had to save them,” said Ballard. “They told me that when they pulled them out that they were dazed, which is out of character for them. So, the fact that they could do something like that, I really appreciate it.”
The two dogs were turned over to animal control until the homeowners returned.
Officials say the fire was accidental in nature, and started in the kitchen. The fire spread into the living room, burning through a sofa and melting the family’s television off of the wall.
Officials have estimated damage to the house at $30,000.
The family is looking rebuild the house, and will be staying with family members in the area in the meantime.