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Dog rescued from Danville house fire

Dog was in the backyard when fire broke out; no one was home

DANVILLE, Va.UPDATE

Danville's fire marshal has determined that the cause of teh fire is incendiary.

Anyone with information is asked to call Danville Crimestoppers at 434-793-0000.

UPDATE

A Danville family is safe after a house fire Wednesday night.

Firefighters responded to the 600 block of Betts Street about 8 p.m.

When they got there, they could see smoke and flames.

A neighbor, Marcques Shields, saw the fire and kicked in the door of the house to try to rescue anyone who was inside.

The family that lives in the house was not home, but firefighters did rescue the family's dog from teh backyard.

"He's fine. He was really happy to see us. He's back in the owner's custody," Danville Fire Department Battalion Chief Dean Fowler said.

"I saw a little smoke. I call myself a good Samaritan, so I kicked the door in. Then, the smoke busted me in my face. I tried to go in. It just hit me so hard I couldn't breathe," Shields said.

This was the second major house fire in about four hours in Danville.

A fire broke out just after 4 p.m. in the 700 block of Melville Avenue.

"Three of the crews on this scene (on Betts Street) have basically been fighting fires since four o' clock this afternoon," Fowler said. "They've been put through the ringer today."

Both fires remained under investigation Wednesday night.

ORIGINAL STORY

Crews are on the scene of a house fire in Danville, according to the Danville Fire Department. 

The fire was at 613 Betts Street. Authorities say they received the call for the fire around 8 p.m. Wednesday.

Bystander Marques Shields kicked in the door of the home to try and rescue anyone inside, but authorities say the family was not home at the time of the fire and that no one was hurt. 

Authorities say there was a dog inside the home at the time of the fire, but it's unknown if the dog made it out of the fire safely. 

As of 8:40 p.m. Wednesday, the house was still on fire, and firefighters were seen using a chainsaw. 

A cause for the fire has not been determined as crews are still actively trying to extinguish the fire as of 9 p.m.

WSLS 10 has a reporter on the scene. Stay with WSLS 10 for updates.  


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