Firefighters rescued a family’s pet dog after she became trapped by smoke when a fire broke out in a house in Plumstead this morning.
Firefighters arrived at the scene to be greeted by an older woman and a child who had escaped from the fire. They said that Flo, who is an English bull terrier, was still inside the
burning house. Firefighters wearing breathing apparatus quickly entered the smoked logged house and located Flo, who was still inside her dog basket on the first floor.
Luckily she was uninjured and didn’t need any medical treatment and was handed straight back to her owners.
Watch Manager Ian Murray from Plumstead fire station was in charge of the incident, he said:
“Crews did a fantastic job and quickly rescued Flo before any real harm came to her. Had they not acted so quickly, Flo might not have survived the fire. Fortunately the woman and child weren’t injured either.
“Our fire investigators believe the blaze was caused by a cigarette that hadn’t been disposed of properly. If you smoke, it’s so important to make sure your cigarettes are completely out once you’ve finished with them.”
Part of the first floor of the house, which is on Majendie Road in Plumstead, SE18, was damaged by the fire.
Two fire engines and around 10 firefighters from Plumstead fire station attended the incident. The Brigade was called at 1048 and the fire was under control by 1118.
The cause of the fire now under investigation.