EAST FALLOWFIELD TWP., Pa. — Last Saturday, firefighters with Modena Fire Company were called to the scene of a massive house fire in Chester County. The two-story home was engulfed by heavy flames. There were two women inside at the time, but they were able to escape without injury or harm. Unfortunately, their two dogs were believed to have perished in the fire.
On Sunday morning, however, everyone felt a bit of a miracle occur when firefighters were called back to the scene to rescue the two dogs that were spotted on what was left of the second floor.
Fire Chief Frank S. Dowlin gave us some insight into what happened with the rescue of these two pups. Within five minutes of his crew arriving on the scene, the roof trusses collapsed, followed by a collapse of the rear of the structure that took down three quarters of both the first and second floors within 20 minutes.
When the fire was extinguished, all that remained was two bedrooms on the second floor, the garage, and a small portion of the first floor, but it was very unstable. From the strength of the fire, there was no reason to believe that the dogs survived. When the owners came back the next morning to look over the destruction, they spotted the dogs in the second floor middle bedroom and called the fire company asking for their rescue.
The dogs had last been seen in the living room with the owners, who thought they followed them out when the fire started. By the time the owners realized they hadn’t, it was too late for them to go back in looking for them. Because the remaining structure was so unstable, Chief Dowlin had concerns about his men entering it to rescue the dogs.
They tried to call the dogs to them over to the window, but the dogs were too scared and one of Dowlin’s men wanted to enter the room. After tying off to a safety harness and rope, he was able to slowly make his way to the dogs and bring them to another firefighter waiting on the ladder. The dogs were cleaned up, given water and food, which they happily took, and otherwise found in remarkably good condition. The owner did, however, take them to get checked out by a vet.
Chief Dowlin shared some personal thoughts on the matter as well:
“This was probably the most rollercoaster of emotions I have ever had myself, as a dog lover and owner of four, it never sits well after losing a pet in fires. I know I went home that night after the fire and played and hugged my dogs a little more than normal.”
Everyone on scene shared in the happy emotions felt by the rescue of these two dogs and Chief Dowlin can’t even imagine how the homeowners felt upon seeing them alive. One emotion we know they felt is thankful.
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