Lake Country residents break into burning home to save puppies

Quick thinking and bold action by some of the Lake Country residents resulted in eight puppies being rescued from a burning house.

The fire had struck almost the entire roof and part of the attic of a house on Hallum Road when the heroic neighbors decided to enter the house.

“We heard puppies inside. So my dad and one of the boys tried to break the door but it didn’t work, ”said Kristen Tennant, a local resident.

“I ran home to get a hammer and smashed the window next to the front door. Then a group of us ran in to find the pups we’d heard. We grabbed all of the puppies and drove them into the front yard. “

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The fire occurred on June 17th in the late afternoon.

The Lake Country Fire Department had to enter the house to rescue the other three adult dogs that the Good Samaritans could not find.

“Our crews walked in and pretty quickly found two of the adult dogs on the first floor, we were looking for the third dog on the top floor where the fire had burned into the attic and the ceilings were collapsing,” said Steve Windsor, Lake Country Fire Chief.

“It took a while, but we were able to locate the dog on the third floor. It was hidden in the bathroom behind the toilet, about a foot of water. “

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The last dog was severely smoke inhaled – firefighters gave it oxygen and the dog was then transported to a veterinary clinic in Kelowna.

The fire department assumes that the dog will recover well.

The homeowners who weren’t home when the fire started arrived shortly afterwards.

“They were glad no one was injured in the fire,” said Windsor.

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“They were pretty overwhelmed when the dog was found and was still alive.”

The cause of the fire is being investigated.


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