Dog dies in fire after awakening owner to safely escape house fire

Pet awakens resident to fire

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A Longview resident was awakened by her pet to find heavy smoke in her mobile home.

The home was in the 2900 block of Estes Parkway at the Townhouse Trailer Park, and the fire happened at around 1:45 pm.

The resident says her dog, who did not survive the fire, woke her up to a smoke-filled home.

Smoke could be seen from several miles away coming from lot 9 of the Townhouse Trailer Park and Washateria.

"The resident was at home. She was asleep on the couch, woke up smelled the smoke, saw that the back of the house was on fire, so she exited," Longview Fire Marshal Kevin May said.

The resident didn't want to go on camera but told me she was awakened by her dog. She said there was smoke coming from the back of the mobile home so she got out, but went back in to get her dog.

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She said the smoke was so thick she couldn't find the dog and had to get back outside. Firefighters say you should never enter a burning building because smoke can overcome you quickly. Firefighters have gear for that, but residents don't.

"And when you get all that smoke in there, you want to make sure you have your air pack on to protect your respiratory system," May stated.

Before they entered the home, they had to get a handle on the fire inside.

"The fire gets into the walls. We have to start pulling the siding off. If we can't get to it from the inside then we'll get to it from the outside," May explained.

This meant it took some time to get access to the inside of the mobile home. Their first priority is controlling the fire.

"This particular trailer house, there was a trailer on both sides of it, so we have to make sure we don't spread to those trailers as well," May stated.

They kept it contained and eventually entered the home to put the fire out, carefully rotating crews and watching for heat exhaustion. The mobile home was a total loss.

After the fire was completely extinguished and smoke cleared from the mobile home, firefighters recovered the body of the resident's pet. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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