A Revere Fire Department ladder crew are credited with saving the life of a family dog after a Saugus home caught fire around 10 a.m November 20. The house, which caused a 3-alarm inferno, is located at 66 Water Street near the Cedar Glenn Golf Course.
No one was at home at the time the blaze was called in to the two-and-a-half story wood-frame home.
Lt. Dennis Russo and fellow firefighters with the Revere Fire Department were able to save homeowner Mary Pike’s 10-year-old dog named Lucy after they rescued the little dog using a scoop as she was hiding under the bed in a first-floor bedroom.
Saugus Fire Chief Michael Newbury told The Boston Herald
“The Revere firefighters went in and were able to use their tools and their training to look under the bed to save the occupant’s dog. It was scared when the firefighter operation started … and they found the animal, extricated it and brought it back to the owner.”
Two firefighters were injured in the blaze when they were overcome by the fire. After checking the house for anyone inside, the fire engulfed the building as the home was being vented. A mayday was called to clear the home when one firefighter was almost trapped on the second floor. Newberry described their rescue
“The engine crew went up to the second floor to extinguish the fire and were overcome by fire. A firefighter came out through the front window. He was rescued on the front porch by a Saugus fire crew and a lieutenant self-extricated down the stairs.”
Both were transported to a local hospital and were under observation for minor injuries. According to Assistant Saugus Police Chief Ronald Giorgetti, the blaze was under control by 11:30 a.m.
Mary, who arrived home as firefighters battled the blaze, became distraught when she learned her dog was still inside. The photos captured on the video are tear-wrenching as she discovers her dog is safe.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.