Neighbors in Chesapeake community attempt to rescue dog in burning home; owner injured during rescue

Posted at 2:22 PM, Nov 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-11 22:44:57-05

CHESAPEAKE, Va. - One man was injured in a house fire Wednesday afternoon while attempting to save his pet dog, Luna, in the Western Branch section of the city.

According to officials, firefighters responded to a house fire in the 2000 block of Georgia Rd. at 12:41p.m. after several neighbors reported smoke coming from the one-story home.

The owner was away at the time, but returned quickly after receiving calls of the incident.

Engine Company 12 arrived minutes later, followed by automatic-aid units from Suffolk Fire & Rescue. The fire, which caused significant damage, was brought under control at 1:01 p.m.

The owner attempted to enter the home to save Luna, but neighbors tell News 3 the smoke coming from the home was too thick. Firefighters were able to locate and rescue the dog, who is recovering.

The owner was taken to a local hospital to be treated for non-life threatening injuries. Officials say the man was discharged.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.