Tahlequah Daily Press

October 1, 2013

Puppy rescued from blaze

Official: Cause of house fire unknown

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — Tahlequah firefighters are investigating after a Monday afternoon house fire in the Park Hill area.

Tahlequah Fire Chief Ray Hammons said the home, just off of Byrd Street, west of Park Hill Road, received about 50 percent fire damage. Firefighters believe the blaze began in a back bedroom, but the cause of the fire has not yet been determined.

Callers reported the fire at about 3:30 p.m.

Tahlequah Fire Department officials conducted their own initial investigation, and will also receive assistance from state agencies, according to the fire chief.

Hammons said a tanker and fire engine responded, along with about 16 firefighters.

“The guys got a real good, quick stop on it,” said Hammons. “We had a report that someone was inside, but there was no one inside, and the guys were able to get it knocked down pretty quick.”

Hammons said there were no utilities on at the residence.

Firefighters were able to save a small puppy that ran from the home when they arrived at the scene. The puppy later befriended firefighters Nick Perkins and Cody Nissen before being reunited with its owners at the scene.

Firefighters were on-scene for several hours for cleanup and to ensure the fire had been fully extinguished.\

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com