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Raleigh woman injured trying to save pets from burning house

Posted January 12, 2014
Updated January 13, 2014

— Firefighters battled a fire at a home in southeast Raleigh Sunday afternoon in which a woman was injured while trying to save her pets.

The fire started at about 4 p.m. at 2516 Keith Drive.

Fire officials at the scene said the unidentified woman and her son were home when the blaze started in the back of the house and that she was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill to be treated for burns to her hands.

Her injuries were not life-threatening, officials said.

Witnesses reported seeing the woman trying to go back inside the burning house to rescue the pets.

Authorities said two cats and a dog were in the home. The two cats died, but emergency workers were able to revive the dog.

The fire's cause had not been determined Sunday evening. A report on the fire indicated that no smoke detectors were in the home.


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  • icdumbpeople Jan 13, 2014

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    Well said. I would have went in to try and save my animals to. They are like children.

  • itsmyownopinion Jan 13, 2014

    I'm heartbroken for her. For some of us our furbabies are like children to us.

  • bareftndncin Jan 13, 2014

    Oh how incredibly sad!! I'm so sorry for her loss, but at least her heroic actions helped save her pup. We've got an "In case of fire, please save our '2 Dogs'" sticker on all of our windows, God forbid something so horrible should ever happen.

  • feistyredhead2001 Jan 13, 2014

    Good to know I am not the only one who would give my life for my pets. I pray for her speedy recovery, the loss of her cats, the safety of her son, dog and herself and may she find peace in knowing she did all she could.

  • scubagirl2 Jan 13, 2014

    so sad, glad at least the dog was able to be saved. That is the one thing that scares me the most is that in case of a fire I wouldn't be able to save my fur babies.

  • illegalsgohomerevised Jan 13, 2014

    So sorry about the loss of that lady's cats. I would have tried to save mine too as they didn't deserve to die. Sad........

  • exador7 Jan 13, 2014

    Poor Kittys... Must be a nice lady to put herself in harms way for her animals. Sorry for her loss.

  • whistler411 Jan 13, 2014

    This is very sad. I hope she makes a full recovery.