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Firefighters rescue dog from burning Nassau County home

Crews spent 45 minutes battling flames

Nassau County Fire Rescue

CALLAHAN, Fla. – Firefighters with the Nassau County Fire Department saved a family's dog from a burning home Monday, but the house itself was destroyed in the blaze.

Crews were sent to the home on Yellow Jacket Drive in Callahan and spent about 45 minutes getting the fire under control. While firefighters were battling the fire, the roof collapsed, but no one was hurt.

The home, valued at $227,000 is no longer fit to live in. Walls and rubble were all that remained.

Moments before the fire engulfed the home, neighbor Robyn Terry saw saw haze from the smoke fuming through the front yard. As she walked closer to the house, she saw smoke pouring from the roof.

Terry and her mother called 911, but she and other family members took matters into their own hands.

"We tried to get the dog out," Terry said. "My husband came over and got the door open but we couldn't find him."

Firefighters were able to get the dog out unharmed. Crews had to bring in additional water tankers because there were no nearby fire hydrants.

Other than the dog, no one else was home at the time of the fire. The State Fire Marshal will determine the cause.


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