CLOSE CALL: Pets and occupants escape Yarmouth house fire… thanks to alert tow truck driver and his girlfriend… [HN VIDEO]
UPDATE: Stay tuned. As there is much more to this story… The tow truck driver (Kris) and his girlfriend (Sophie) were in the area delivering a vehicle when they smelled something burning.
They investigated a nearby dwelling and discovered the flames, and the glass breaking from the smoke and backdraft… they then tried to alert the people inside by banging on the door, but nobody responded.
The tow truck driver used to be a volunteer firefighter and knew there was no time to waste as the home was already full of smoke. He kicked the door open and alerted the two men inside (one was sleeping, the other was in the shower, both oblivious to what was happening). Both were brought outside to safety. The tow truck driver also learned about the pets and went back inside to rescue the dog from the kitchen, and the cat from hiding under a bed… [Developing]
WEST YARMOUTH – Holly the adorable yellow pup is safe and sound tonight after her home caught fire!
Yarmouth and Hyannis Firefighters rushed to 370 Camp Street this afternoon for a house fire that appears to have started on the back porch. The cause of the fire has not been officially released, but according to the occupants, they were using a back yard fire pit earlier… (Could an ember from the recently used fire pit somehow have caused the blaze? Stay tuned…)
A tow truck driver and his girlfriend that were in the area reportedly discovered the fire, alerted the occupants and helped them out… before going back inside to rescue the dog and cat.
One of the occupants was taking a shower when the fire happened and managed to escape wrapped in just a bath towel.
All occupants and pets escaped the blaze shakened up, but without injuries.
As you will see in the following HN Video, which includes some early HN reader cell phone footage, the firefighters quickly knocked down the flames, but not before the fire reached up into the attic.
The entire home sustained heavy smoke, fire, and water damage…
Yarmouth FD is investigating the cause of the fire.
[HN NOTE: The following HN Video contains cell phone footage sent in by Amanda, a Hyannis News reader.]
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