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Fire destroys two-story Durham home; 2 dogs rescued

Posted September 4, 2014

Two dogs were rescued early Thursday from the garage of a burning home on Maere Court, a spokesman for the Durham Fire Department said.

— Two dogs were rescued early Thursday from the garage of a burning home on Maere Court, a spokesman for the Durham Fire Department said.

Emergency crews responded to the home, at 6 Maere Court, shortly after midnight. When firefighters arrived, the two-story home was completely engulfed in flames.

Nobody was inside at the time, and neighbors told investigators that the owners are on a cruise.

The fire was brought under control in about 45 minutes, but it took another three hours for it to be extinguished due to a burning natural gas leak. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

One of the rescued dogs was being cared for by neighbors, and the other was in the care of Durham County Animal Control, officials said.


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  • Eddie Brock Sep 4, 2014
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    Unfortunate that the fire occurred, but great that the dogs were rescued! I have a sticker on my door that says please save my pets and it states that I have two dogs and one cat. I recommend that every pet owner post this information in case of an accident like this one.

  • liskm Sep 4, 2014

    Kudo's to firemen for getting dogs out! Can replace the material things, but pets are treasured family members.

  • diana123 Sep 4, 2014

    glad the dogs are ok

  • Frances Foster Sep 4, 2014
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    Kudos to the firefighters for rescuing the dogs. Sometimes that is all the family of a burned home has left. Don't worry about the dog that went to the shelter. They take great care of the animals there.

  • Lori De Stefano Sep 4, 2014
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    Why in the world were the dogs in the garage to begin with? Neglectful pet sitters or owners? It's been 97 and humid out all week those poor things had to be suffering in a closed up garage. Glad they're ok

  • Edward Levy Sep 4, 2014
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    thankfully the dogs are o'k

  • EricaSliver Sep 4, 2014

    Glad the dogs made it out ok... This really puts a damper on the owner's cruise... what a terrible thing to come home to

  • Anita Woody Sep 4, 2014

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    When I travel out of the country, I prefer to have a sitter come over 3 times per day that they have become used to and so my 2 dogs can stay home in their environment.

  • CherryDarling Sep 4, 2014

    I hate that this happened to them, but I would give up every material posession I owed to ensure the safety of my little furbabies! SO glad they are okay. I hope they get reunited soon... the little one in the shelter must be so scared and homesick. Awwwww...

  • Forthe Newssite Sep 4, 2014
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    Glad the furbabies were saved but why did one have to go to the shelter? Poor thing, already traumatized from the fire now awaiting their owners in the shelter.....sad...

    And what a horrible thing to come home to for the owners! I always worry when I'm on vacation-about my house my furbabies- and that's why I get a stay in the house sitter for the entire time I'm gone. Much less worry.