Dogs rescued from Chestnut Street house fire

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Suffolk firefighters rescued two dogs from a burning house in downtown Suffolk Monday afternoon.

Firefighters responding to a fire at 230 Chestnut St. around 2:20 p.m. carried the two dogs to safety, said Capt. Jim Judkins, spokesman for the Suffolk Fire Department. The animals were not injured.

Neither the homeowner, Carol Kronbuer, nor her son, Robert Kronbuer, were home when the fire started.

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Firefighters arrived to find smoke coming from the roof eaves and vents, with heavy smoke and fire in a room on the left side of the two-story home, said Judkins. The fire burned through the floor and spread up the wall to the upper floor bedroom.

Although fire and water damage was restricted to the two rooms, the rest of the house suffered extensive smoke damage, he said.

Damage is estimated at $35,000.

Although it started near a gas furnace, investigators have not determined the cause of the fire, Judkins said.