FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A man was hurt in Fort Wayne Saturday night while rescuing two dogs from a house fire, according to the Fort Wayne Fire Department.
Crews were called to 3115 Webster St. at 8:06 p.m. and arrived at 8:09 p.m. The neighbors across the street saw the smoke and called 911. They also noticed the homeowner’s car was still in the front yard.
Before firefighters arrived, DJ Clark and two of his uncles ran to knock on the door. When there wasn’t an answer they went around to the back. That’s when they kicked in the back door and went in the house.
“The doors were locked. We kicked another door in on the third floor. And then we heard puppies barking. We didn’t see anybody, and we called out to see if anybody was at home. Nobody responded. So the least we could do at this point was to save the dogs. We grabbed the dog cages and as we were coming down, the fire department was coming up,” Clark said.
NewsChannel 15 was told both dogs are doing fine. But, fire officials said one of the neighbors was overcome by smoke, taken to a hospital and was last listed in fair condition.
The fire department does not recommend anyone going into a burning building.
Firefighters had the fire under control in 12 minutes and contained the damage to the kitchen and the attic above the kitchen.
The homeowners were not there at the time of the fire. The cause is still under investigation.