Ionia DPS: Dogs rescued from house fire

Firefighters respond to a fire on Dick Road in Easton Township, northwest of Ionia. (Courtesy Ionia DPS - May 5, 2014)
Firefighters respond to a fire on Dick Road in Easton Township, northwest of Ionia. (Courtesy Ionia DPS - May 5, 2014)

EASTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Firefighters rescued four dogs from a house fire northwest of Ionia Monday.

The fire broke out around 10:30 a.m. in the 2800 block of Dick Road between Parmeter and Peterson roads in Easton Township. Ionia, Saranac, and Orleans Township firefighters were called to the scene, Ionia County Central Dispatch said.

Firefighters respond to a fire on Dick Road in Easton Township, northwest of Ionia. (Courtesy Ionia DPS - May 5, 2014)
(Firefighters respond to a fire on Dick Road in Easton Township, northwest of Ionia. Courtesy Ionia DPS – May 5, 2014)

When firefighters arrived, they saw heavy smoke and flames started to show through the roof, according to the Ionia Department of Public Safety. It took them about 45 minutes to douse the flames. Crews remained on scene for hours salvaging what they could and making sure the fire was completely out.

The house and property inside sustained “substantial damage,” Ionia DPS said.

Just after arriving on scene, firefighters Jennifer Skorka, Randy Dankenbring and Brian Vos entered the house and rescued four dogs who were unconscious due to smoke inhalation.

Skorka provided oxygen from her medical kit to the dogs, which then regained consciousness. They were were taken to the veterinarian by their owner and were in good condition Monday afternoon, Ionia DPS said.

The cause of the fire is not yet known.

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