WACO, Texas (KWTX) An off-duty fireman and some neighbors helped save two dogs, and most of a home, when a house fire broke out in a Waco neighborhood Friday afternoon.
Waco fire crews responded to the 4400 block of Bagby Ave. shortly after 2 p.m.
As they arrived, an off-duty firefighter with the department, Donald Pruitt, was helping hose down the house with neighbors and ended up saving two dogs they found hiding under a bed in a back bedroom, according to Battalion Chief Chris Pechacek.
The fire occurred in the attic, Pechacek said, making it hard to get to, and making the home unlivable.
While there was "quite a bit of damage" to the roof and ceiling, the home was repairable and fire crews were able to salvage many valuables for the the family, Pechacek said.
No one was home at the time: the family had just left the home after smelling something "odd", Pechacek said, but they didn't know what it was.
It was ruled an accidental electrical fire, he said.
Waco Animal Control initially took custody of the dogs who were taken to an emergency veterinarian to be checked out.
"Last we heard, the dogs were okay and the family was going to go get them," said Pechacek.
He said the family had a place to stay.
Although the heat index was above 100 degrees, Pechacek said no firefighters were injured, however, they went through all the water and Gatorade they had at the scene.
"This time of year makes what we do extremely hazardous," he said. "Besides going into the fire, it's very dangerous coming out in this heat."