Whitman Firefighters Rescue Family Pet from Working House Fire
By PAT TRAVERS, Senior Correspondent | January 08, 2020 | MASSACHUSETTS
Story No. 010820100
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comWhitman FF Brian Trefry comes out of the house with the family's rabbit.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comCompanies had smoke showing on-arrival.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comFirefighters mask up to replace the first due company.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comVenting the windows on the "D" side of the house.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comWhitman Firefighter Steve Foster opens up a basement window, directly above the fire.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comAbington firefighters assist with some overhaul.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comWhitman FFOP Jackson Valentine changes out FF Brian Trefry's bottle.
Photo by Pat Travers/NEFirePhoto.comWhitman Lieutenant Nick Grasso comes out for a bottle change.
Whitman, MA - Shortly after 9:00 A.M. on the morning of Wednesday, January 8th, the Whitman Fire Department responded to the report of a building fire at 293 School Street. A box was struck and Car-1, Car-3, Engine-243 and Ladder-246 responded. Contractors who were working on an addition to the house arrived to go to work and smelled smoke. They called 9-1-1 to report the possible fire.
Companies arrived to find smoke showing from a two-story wood-framed dwelling that was under construction. A working fire was requested, bringing a Hanson engine, Abington tower, and a Halifax ambulance to the scene, and an Abington engine to cover.
Crews made an aggressive interior attack, searching for any victims and for the seat of the fire. They encountered a heavy smoke condition throughout the house. Companies were able to locate a fire in the basement and quickly knocked it down.
The residents of the house were not home at the time of the fire. When the homeowner arrived, she alerted firefighters to a pet rabbit who was in the house. Firefighters were able to locate the rabbit and remove it safely from the house and back to the homeowner.
The cause of the fire is under investigation. The American Red Cross and Massachusetts State Fire Marshal were both requested to the scene. No injuries were reported.
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