Dog dies in fire in Havant home but owners are safe and well

Southsea firefighters save pet Chihuahuas from house blaze

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A PET dog died after becoming trapped in its owner’s home when a severe fire broke out inside.

A total of 18 firefighters were called to the property on Tyrrel Lawn, Warren Park, at 6pm on Wednesday.

It took them three hours to extinguish the blaze but they were unable to save a German Shepherd that was trapped inside.

The home suffered major smoke damage and is currently uninhabitable.

Two crews from Havant and one from Cosham attended the incident.

Watch manager at Havant, Tim Burgess, said that as they driving towards the fire they could see the smoke from around 400m away.

He said: ‘When we arrived there was fire coming right out of the porch and up the side of the house.

‘The flames were about 10m high – it was very intense and very hot.

‘I’ve been in the fire service for 25 years and I’ve never felt heat like that before.’

Fire crews put a 20m cordon around the area while they worked to douse the blaze and make the scene safe.

Mr Burgess added: ‘We were told that there were no people inside but unfortunately there was a big German Shepherd that died in there.

‘The house was left with extensive smoke damage, there needs to be a lot of work done inside before anyone can live in it again.’

Fire investigators worked for several hours to find out the cause of the fire, which is still unknown, but it is believed to have started in the kitchen, possibly through an electrical appliance.