Cedar man burned while rescuing pets from house fire

A Cedar City man was injured while saving his dog from a house fire, Cedar City, Utah, March 8, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

CEDAR CITY — A Cedar City man was transported to Valley View Medical Center after suffering burns while saving his pets from a house fire Tuesday evening.

A Cedar City man was injured while saving his dog from a house fire, Utah, March 8, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
A Cedar City man was injured while saving his dog from a house fire, Cedar City, Utah, March 8, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

The Cedar City Police Department closed 900 West between Harding Avenue and 200 North, and Harding Avenue from 900 West to 1000 West for over an hour while fire crews worked to douse the house fire at 109 N. 900 W.

Cedar City Police Detective Mike Bleak said the injured man was badly burned on his arm and part of his face. The man, who was transported to the hospital by Gold Cross Ambulance, told Bleak both his dog and cat were safely removed from the home. The injured man is reportedly in stable condition.

A Cedar City man was injured while saving his dog from a house fire, Utah, March 8, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News
A Cedar City man was injured while saving his dog from a house fire, Utah, March 8, 2016 | Photo by Carin Miller, St. George News

“Law enforcement did a great job (preparing for us to arrive),” said Cedar City Fire Chief Mike Phillips. “They were here in front of the house and had identified a hydrant for us, and then when we started pulling up, they kind of scattered and got out of our way … and (were) closing the streets for us.”

Twenty-two firefighters responded with three engines, a ladder truck, a heavy rescue truck and two command vehicles. Houses on either side of the burning structure were protected by fire fighters working overhead in an “aerial” ladder.

When fire crews arrived flames were coming out of the structure on the west side of the home, said Phillips, though the source of the fire was located in the living room. Bleak started an investigation into the fire’s cause and the State Fire Marshal’s Office will issue a final report.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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1 Comment

  • sagemoon March 9, 2016 at 2:56 pm

    May you heal well, my animal loving friend.

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