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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Family dog rescued from house fire as deck ignites again

  • Nebraska City firefighters rescued the family dog from a house fire at 1419 Fourth Corso Thursday. The dog, nine-year-old Buffy, was the family pet of Ashleigh Johnson and her son. Fire Chief Alan Viox s...
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    Nebraska City firefighters rescued the family dog from a house fire at 1419 Fourth Corso Thursday.

    The dog, nine-year-old Buffy, was the family pet of Ashleigh Johnson and her son.

    Fire Chief Alan Viox said firefighters were told that no one was home, but were alerted that a dog was inside.

    Firefighter Kyle Moyer, who has been on the department over 20 years, said he found the dog on a bed in a downstairs bedroom.

    Moyer said he saw the dog after the smoke cleared some in the room.

    "He was just scared to death. A little singed, but he'll be allright," Moyer said.

    By the time firefighters arrived at 2:40 p.m. the rear deck of the house was fully engulfed in flames. It is the same deck that had been on fire and was extinguished by firefighters in March.

    As firefighters used a line hooked up to a fire hydrant on Fifth Corso, smoke was pouring out of the soffit of the house.

    Johnson, 29, said a friend called her shortly after the fire call went out.

    She said she was very upset about losing the house, but was happy that Buffy was rescued. Nebraska City EMS provided the dog with oxygen as she recovered under a shade tree.

    "It was good to save him," Moyer said. "I have a pet of my own at home."

    Viox said the high temperatures were an issue for firefighters. He said he called for mutual aid from Dunbar, Percival, Sidney and Syracuse because the fire "was rolling up on us pretty fast" and because of temperatures near 100 degrees.

    One firefighter was taken to St. Mary's Community Hospital on showing heat-related symptoms.

    The state fire marshal's office has been called to investigate the cause of the fire.

     

     

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