Pup escapes kitchen fire on Dennis Lane

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By JASON COX
Of the Keizertimes

A dog escaped injury from a house fire that consumed the kitchen at 349 Dennis Lane N Wednesday morning.

Keizer Fire Chief Jeff Cowan said the blaze started in the kitchen and the cause is under investigation. There was smoke damage throughout the house. The homeowners, Mary and Michael Watson, were at work at the time.

A neighbor saw smoke coming from the eaves and roof, calling 911. They were initially concerned Mary Watson was inside.

Firefighters from KFD forced entry and found no one inside.

“They were thankful we were able to stop the fire from consuming the home,” Cowan said. “… They had visions when they were coming home of their whole house being consumed.”

They found the Watsons’ dog, Penny, in the back yard. The Watsons think Penny escaped the fire through a dog door. Pups often get agitated at fires, but Cowan said Penny was an exception.

“She literally watched the firefighters work; some of them didn’t even know she was there,” he said.

Keizer Police assisted with traffic and crowd control, Salem Fire sent a crew and Rural Metro Ambulance helped provide medic service coverage. Cowan said his agency was responding to four additional service calls at one point while they were working this fire.

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