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Pet dogs rescued from Kingsville house fire

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08 Sep 2014
Firefighters rescued two dogs from a house fire in Kingsville on Saturday morning.

The fire involved a single storey weatherboard California Bungalow style dwelling.

The roof was well alight when crews arrived about 9.15am with the wind fanning the flames towards a neighbouring property.

As crews set up to protect this house, a wind change placed the house on the other side in jeopardy.

Firefighters quickly responded to the change of threat but could not do so before the second house had sustained minor fire damage to the eaves and some blistering of the wall cladding materials.

The fire was just being brought under control when two dogs were located and removed to safety.

An off duty firefighter who had stopped to assist, volunteered to tend to the dogs by giving them oxygen from the first aid kit.

A police officer then placed the dogs in his patrol car and took them to a local vet.  Two neighbours also received treatment for minor smoke inhalation by ambulance paramedics and were later cleared.

The owner of the property at the centre of the blaze was not at home and is believed to have left last week on a fishing trip.  He has since been contacted and has been made aware of the fire.

A large portion of the house and most of the roof sustained extensive damage with repairs estimated to cost between $150,000 and $200,000.

Although the dogs (both Bulldog cross breed or similar) are reportedly recovering well, a pet bird was not so fortunate and succumbed to the smoke.

The fire took just over half an hour to bring under control and the cause is thought to be due to an electrical fault.

ATTENDING APPLIANCES
Pumpers: 5
Rescue Units: 1
Aerial units: 1
Other units: 2

NUMBER OF FIREFIGHTERS: 26

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