Fire rages at house
Firefighters Friday afternoon battled a house blaze in Park Meadows, rescuing a dog as they tried to put out the fire.
At 3:15 p.m., smoke continued to billow from the house, 2003 Venus Court, and flames were still visible. Firefighters and police officers descended on the house after receiving a 911 call at 2:23 p.m. At least three fire trucks responded.
Bruce Peasley, who said he lived in the house for 20 years, said the scene was "shocking." He said no one was home at the time.
The firefighters gave the dog oxygen. It was moving after receiving the oxygen but its condition was not immediately known.
Peasley said he was heading to a job at a construction site, saw smoke from his neighborhood and returned home.
The Police Department said the south side of the house was engulfed when emergency crews arrived. Firefighters descended a huge ladder to fight the flames from the roof and others were working from the ground.
Witness Janet Miller, who lives on Twilight Court, said she was driving home on Lucky John Drive with her husband at about 2:15 p.m. and saw the smoke and fire.
"You could see the flames. The back was, maybe not quite engulfed, but you could see the flames coming from the back," Miller said.
She said she called 911 and her husband, who is a firefighter, broke the window of the front door with a rock and yelled that there was a fire. No one answered and the dog did not respond, Miller said.
Ron Ivie, City Hall’s chief building official, who is investigating, said at the scene that the cause was not known. He said the determination would be made as early as Monday.
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