WATCH: Emotional Video Shows Moment Family Reunites With Pet After Fire
By Sarah Tate
February 5, 2021
A Tennessee family is recovering after escaping a fire that broke out at their St. Elmo home in Chattanooga on Thursday afternoon (February 4). Sadly, most of their pets did not survive; however, firefighters were able to rescue one dog from the home.
Chattanooga firefighters responded to a blaze around 1:30 p.m. at a residence on the 4000 block of Alabama Avenue, with Quint 14 arriving first on the scene. When they arrived, responders saw heavy smoke and and fire coming from the front of the residence. They quickly worked to contain the fire to keep it from spreading to nearby neighbors before eventually making their way inside the home.
Once inside, they began searching for anyone who may have still been in the home. No human residents were found, as they had all made it out safely and unharmed, but several of the family's pets, such as dogs, cats, and birds, were found deceased.
As responders continued their search, however, the located one dog who was barely clinging. to life. They quickly set to work assisting the pup and were able to revive it and reunite the beloved pet with its family.
The cause of the fire is unknown, and the case remains under investigation. Officials say about 60% of the home is a total loss.
Watch the emotional reunion between the family and its beloved pet below.
Senior Firefighter Scott Rouse reunites a dog with its owner after being rescued from their home on Alabama Avenue, heavily damaged by fire. Several other dogs, cats and birds died in the blaze. Touching moment with this surviving pet. pic.twitter.com/DS9XFgl8rw— Chattanooga Fire Department (@ChattFireDept) February 4, 2021
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