A woman and several dogs escaped a burning Vancouver home Monday morning.
Firefighters responded to the house at 1105 E. 29th St. around 4:45 a.m. The woman, who made it out safely, lost power and determined Monday morning that her house was on fire, investigators said.
There were so many belongings and clutter inside the home that firefighters had to fight part of the fire from the outside, investigators said. They cut holes in the house in order to reach the flames because they couldn't access the fire by going inside, they added. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to get the fire under control.
One neighbor, Jack Watts, heard the woman screaming outside that her house was on fire. He told FOX 12 crews that she seemed frantic and was very concerned about her dogs inside the home.
Watts decided to go in and try to rescue the dogs.
"I went inside. I went in one room 'cause I seen the dogs running in there and stuff. So, I went in there, felt around. It was way smokey. Found a couple dogs, grabbed one of them by its leg, threw it out the front door and then went back in. Found two more and the other one started running away from me trying to hide and everything. And running toward the back, back toward the fire and everything. And I couldn't go back there but by the time I threw those two dogs out, went back and they had already come out," said neighbor Jack Watts.
The woman's son-in-law told FOX 12 crews that his mother-in-law is very shaken up by what happened. She has eight Chihuahuas and a bird, he said.
All eight dogs have been rescued and are doing OK, investigators said. Animal control has agreed to hold onto the dogs until the owner can make arrangements for housing, investigators said.
The American Red Cross was called in to help the woman.
There's no word on the cause of the fire. The damage to the inside of the home is extensive, investigators said.
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