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House Fire Displaces Residents and Kills Family Dog in Winter Haven

By Winter Haven FD, Correspondent | June 26, 2020 | FLORIDA

Story No. 063020114

Winter Haven, FL – The Winter Haven Fire Department (WHFD) responded to a structure fire at 1516 Lake Howard Dr. SW, at approximately 4:40 P.M. on Friday, June 26th.

Upon arrival, firefighters discovered smoke and flames coming from a bedroom located in the back of the home. Crews entered and quickly extinguished the fire. The fire is believed to have started in one of the bedrooms.

Residents self-evacuated the house prior to firefighter’s arrival, however, their dog was still inside. Firefighter/paramedics rescued and treated the dog on scene until transport was available for further treatment. Unfortunately, the dog suffered third degree burns and smoke inhalation and the veterinarian was not able to save him.

The residents of the house visited the WHFD the following Monday to thank the department, stating that they were glad to be able to say goodbye to their beloved dog.

A total of seven units from WHFD and seven units from Polk County Fire Rescue responded to the fire. There were no reported injuries to any of the firefighters on scene.

WHFD Fire Investigators determined the origin and cause of the fire; it was deemed accidental and was the result of a child playing with a lighter. The home had significant smoke damage, which had rendered the home uninhabitable. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to the family.

This article is a direct street report from our correspondent and has not been edited by the 1st Responder newsroom.