If you’re a dog owner, you presumably already know exactly how amazing dogs are. They enrich your life with love, devotion, fur, and lots of reasons to grin. The dog in our story today is no exception, and a real hero, too!
A dog made a brave escape from a blazing house in Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, when it leaped from a second-floor window to dodge the flames. Video shot by Fleetwood homeowner Justin Steinmetz shows Charlie the dog “self-rescue,” as fire authorities described it, as the pup climbs out of an upper window, fur singed. Steinmetz claimed he was driving through Fleetwood when he observed the fire and informed neighbors.
However, Charlie was stuck on the second story. When neighbors heard his screams they stretched their hands out, shouted out his name, and urged him to leap, shouting, “Come on, Charlie!”
The action-packed clip begins off with another dog, who had just fled the house’s lower floor, which is shown engulfed in flame, rushing furiously across the front yard. The cat seemed upset that its companion, called Charlie, was still trapped inside the blazing building.
Justin Steinmetz, 40, who took a video of the whole ordeal, can be heard saying “Oh, my gosh these poor people — I hope they get that they get the dogs out.” Further on into the clip Justin says: “Oh, hi puppy, come here buddy. Come here, come here — I know, your house is on fire.”
According to Chief John Manmiller of Fleetwood Incident Company, people who reported the fire stated the flames were shooting up from the rear of the property. The chief also stated while he was arriving at the site he knew firefighters were going to really battle the flames and prevent the flames from spreading to another property.
The firemen managed to assist a dog out the front entrance. They spotted a 16-year-old cat hidden beneath stuff in the basement. The cat was restored to the owners of the residence who returned from work after learning about the fire.
Reporters have added that the family who resided in the home are living with neighboring relatives. A GoFundMe effort for the victims had generated over $40,000 at the time of writing.
Here’s Justin’s incredible video!
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