Reader Brian O’Neal captured this image of a house fire on Peachtree Drive Wednesday morning. An off-duty firefighter rescued a dog from the house, according to a city press release. No injuries were reported.

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Dog rescued from blaze

Published 9:36pm Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Editor’s Note: This story has been edited to reflect updated information from the city.

A dog was rescued from a burning home by a citizen early Wednesday afternoon.

A family of two adults and four children were displaced by the fire, which occurred in the 1200 block of Peachtree Drive in the Willowbrook neighborhood. The fire was reported at 12:37 p.m.

Engine 1 firefighters found heavy smoke and flames on the side and rear of the two-story home, according to a press release from the city. Engine 2, Engine 3, Ladder 3, Rescue 1, Battalion 1 and Rehab 6 also responded. The fire was reported under control at 1:19 p.m.

The American Red Cross is assisting the family. No one was home at the time of the fire, and there were no injuries.

The Suffolk Fire Marshal’s office is investigating the cause of the blaze.

  • cundsky

    This story is not totally accurate. Brian O’Neal from Suffolk rescued the dog by breaking in the house. The dog tried to bite him as he was trying to rescue him. Brian had to find something in the room to put over the dog’s face so that he wouldn’t try to bite him again. At that time he was able to get the dog out of the house. My daughter Hannah O’Neal is the one that gave the home owners their dog upon her arrival. Just glad the off duty fireman was there and my husband to do what they could do. They are a good family and it’s a very sad situation.

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