Wednesday, December 24, 2008


Elyria – An alert neighbor on Chestnut St in Elyria spotted smoke and flames coming from a home located right behind hers early this morning. A quick call by her might have saved the home and the two dogs inside.

Elyria Firefighters responded to the home at 223 Chestnut Street around 4:30am – when they arrived they found smoke and fire coming from the home. The home sits off the road behind other houses and to get to the house Firefighters had to go down ice covered driveways making the approach very dangerous.

A quick attack from the outside started knocking down the fire coming from a bay window area – then as Firefighters made entry they were able to knock down the rest of the fire in a short amount of time.

Although the home had been unoccupied for the last two months – by humans – two dogs were still living inside. Once Firefighters began attacking the fire from inside the home – one of the dogs, snowball, popped out of a window to safety. The second dog, Lil Grau, also escaped without injury. Neighbors took both dogs in to clean them up and to warm them up. A Christmas Miracle?

The Fire Prevention Bureau was called in to investigate – the cause of the blaze is listed as undetermined and still under investigation. Although there was a lot of slipping and sliding – and a couple spills on the ice, no injuries were reported.



Anonymous Jen said...

The black dogs name is Mocha, not lil grau. I don't know where you got that name from. I'm the neighbor in possession of the dogs btw.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

I am happy the dogs are ok!!

8:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very interesting. ANOTHER suspicious fire. Everytime things quiet down about the fire dept. A suspicious fire in a vacant property pops up. Very, very interesting.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anonymous 9:47 PM. Give it a rest and stop poking the fire department.

11:21 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

Also, they were trapped in the basement which didn't get opened for nearly an hour. The fire chief told me and I quote, "We're not concerned about the dogs."

12:59 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where are the dogs now?
And if no one has livd in the house for awhile who has been taking care of the dogs?

1:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I'm glad me and crew were able to find Mocha in the basement.

Ffr. J. Castle
EFD Engine Co. 3
Lorain Blvd. @ Bell

7:09 AM  
Anonymous Jen said...

I have the dogs now. The owner has been stopping by twice a day to let the dogs out and feed them. They weren't being neglected. They will be living here until this weekend when the owner is coming to relocate them.

9:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Jen, I suppose you didn't see anybody else in the house before the fire....right?

12:54 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...

No, I had just got up out of bed and went to the sink in the kitchen for a glass of water. I noticed the flames out the window above the sink.

7:46 PM  
Anonymous Jen said...


I'm glad me and crew were able to find Mocha in the basement.

Ffr. J. Castle
EFD Engine Co. 3
Lorain Blvd. @ Bell"

I have no doubt that you did what you could, I just know what was said to me upon arrival. I grew up with Eaton's station, my dad works there.

8:07 PM  
Blogger TMC NEWS said...

In reference to Jen’s post about the dogs being trapped in the basement for nearly an hour… In reviewing the photos from that night the first photo taken was shot at 4:35am – the photo of snowball, just after he popped out of the house was 4:52am. The photo of the 2 dogs on the porch was shot at 5:08am…. I’d say those dogs were out of the house well within an hour.

8:58 PM  
Anonymous ronnie said...

Do you think your dad would show up to a house fire and say that his priority is to save a dog? I love dogs but come on, let the guys access the scene, put the fire out and then when its safe for them then they can do a doggy rescue. The other thing is that since you said it took an hour and tmcnews corrected you, will you apologize to the fire department for making that accusation? Are you as sure of the alleged comment made by the fireman as you were of it taking an hour to rescue the dogs? Heres an idea, how about you just say thank you to the guys who pulled the dogs out safely?

2:57 AM  
Anonymous karl said...

Reading the story, it states that firefighters responded at around 3 a.m. If the photo of the one dog was not until 4:52 a.m., then it was well over an hour. BUT, the important point is that both dogs are fortunately alive no matter how long it took for them to get out. It's probably a good thing they were in the basement and not upstairs otherwise the ending would probably have been different.

As to the tactless comment by the fire chief, don't let it get under your skin. So he has no sensitivity to others, that's his problem not yours. It would have been much better for him to respond that "we'll get to them as soon as possible" rather than whatever he actually said. Hopefully, he doesn't have any pets because you can just imagine how they might be treated.

11:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How could the 1st picture have been taken at 4:35am when the fire started around 3am?

5:15 PM  
Blogger TMC NEWS said...

Sorry - 3AM was written in error. It was suppose to say 4:30am TMC

5:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds fishy the a "written error" is being stated now? Who's story is right, yours or Jen's?

5:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The first picture being the one found here?
Did you not take any pictures during the time it took them to set up the hoses? That can take up to 15 minutes, depending on the location of the hydrants. And the story states conditions were icy, so there's a bit more time there.

5:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i am happy the dogs got out

8:34 PM  

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