Firefighters in the Kathu district of Phuket rescued two dogs from a burning building before extinguishing the flames in a risky, but ultimately heroic effort.
The fire broke out at a residential property in the Sing Thao Thani estate in Kathu over the weekend and firefighters were quickly called to the scene.
Upon arrival they discovered local residents attempting to douse the flames by themselves, but to little avail, and took command of the situation.
However, as they were beginning to put out the fire, they saw two dogs in the bedroom of the property suffocating from the heavy smoke caused by the fire.
One of the firefighters on the scene said that they rushed inside the burning house to rescue the dogs before continuing with extinguishing the flames.
The dogs were immediately taken to a local pet hospital where they received treatment. Luckily, it seemed that they had not suffered too much damage from the smoke inhalation.
The owner of the house, reportedly a former police officer, had gone out to his wife’s salon and left the dogs alone in the bedroom.
He explained that usually he would not leave the dogs in the house and would normally take them everywhere with him. However, as he was only going out for a short time he thought it would be alright to leave them this time.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated, however, it caused considerable damage to the property. The owner said:
“Most of the stuff inside the house, electrical appliances, furniture and documents left in the house, was damaged by the fire. At this stage, I do not know the cost of the damage.”
Source: The Phuket News