‘Just blessed’: Woman grateful firefighters rescue puppy from burning home

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HOPEWELL, Va. (WRIC) — A woman who was burned out her home Tuesday following a house fire is reflecting on Hopewell Fire and Rescue’s effort to save her dog. 

Crews were called to the house, located on Stewart Avenue, just after 9 a.m. Tuesday. The video shows a side of the home engulfed in flames and heavy smoke showing. 

Lauren Smith wasn’t home when the flames broke out. She told 8News she tried to go in and save the dog herself — but no luck. 

“(I) jumped the fence..ran over…and I saw the lady I was staying with outside, and she was like distraught and I said well where’s the dog, where’s everybody at, and she said he was inside,” Smith said. 

That’s when Hopewell firefighters arrived on scene. They quickly learned everyone was out of the house, expect Smith’s dog named Yoda. 

As crews were battling the blaze, they were able to rescue a puppy that was found in the basement. Crews say the puppy was awake and breathing, and was handed over the Hopewell Animal Services for evaluation. 

Firefighters were able to get the fire under control within 30 minutes. Fire crews shared a video on social media of firefighters responding to a burning home. 

Now reunited with her pup, Smith is finding perspective after a terrifying ordeal. 

“I used to care a lot about material stuff,” she said. “But ya know my kids weren’t home, my fiance wasn’t home, nobody (was) in the house, the people I care about, the people I’m staying with, nobody was hurt and the animals were good.”​

Hopewell Fire said the Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the blaze, and the displaced family is now being helped by the Red Cross. However, Smith is looking on the bright side.

“Just blessed to be alive glad,” she said. “That it didn’t happen at night…glad that…my kids weren’t home and everybody was safe.”

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