Puppy alerts boy of house fire in Western as fast-moving blaze leaves four homeless

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TOWN OF WESTERN — A barking puppy alerted a boy home alone that his house was on fire on Route 46 Saturday afternoon.

The home is a total loss and a family of four has been displaced, said Western Fire Chief Michael Anania. No one was injured, including several pets that firefighters carried out of the residence.

“The dog was making some noise, which alerted the kid to get up and see what was going on,” the chief explained. The boy was home alone and the puppy was in the bathroom at about 4:50 p.m. Saturday at 9760 Route 46.

“When he got in there, he saw sparks in the bathroom,” the chief explained.

Anania said responding firefighters passed by the one-story home on their way to the fire station and they reported the one-story house becoming progressively engulfed in smoke and flame.

“It came very quickly,” the chief stated, describing the look of the fire as “intense” once he was on the scene.

Crews launched an exterior attack at first before sending a crew into the back of the residence, Anania said. They had the fire knocked down in about 30 to 35 minutes.

One difficulty during the firefight was that several power lines fell and electrified a chicken wire fence that was around the property, the chief said. Firefighters had to avoid the fence until National Grid could arrive and shut down the power.

No firefighters were injured. Anania said the boy fell at one point and injured his arm, and he was taken for treatment at a local hospital.

The chief said the home is a total loss. A family of two adults and two children lived at the home and they are receiving assistance from the American Red Cross.

The family’s two dogs were able to escape the home, and Anania said firefighters saved a pet turtle and several fish.

The cause of the fire remains under investigation by the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.

The Western, Boonville and Floyd fire departments responded to the fire.

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