Katy, TX (June 20, 2016) On Monday (June 20th) evening around 5:30pm we responded to a fire call for a home in the Williamsburg Parish subdivision. The family was not home when the fire broke out but an alert neighbor heard their smoke alarms going off and upon investigating further saw smoke and flames through a top floor window and called 911. The first units were on scene five minutes later and were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the room of origin.
Engine 3’s crew noticed a dog in the home and were able to corral Apollo and bring him outside to be evaluated by our medical staff. When the family arrived on scene they were very thankful to see Apollo safe and being cared for by our firefighters and medics. Firefighters began administering oxygen and, after a complete assessment, Apollo was released to his family who took him to an emergency veterinarian in Katy to be further evaluated.
“Having properly working smoke alarms in your home is the single most important step to ensure the safety of you home and loved ones,” said Fire Chief Jeff Hevey. “This is a great story of working smoke alarms improving the outcome of a fire that could have easily burned down the home and caused the loss of a beloved family pet.”
Fortunately, because this family had working alarms and an attentive neighbor the fire was contained to the room of origin. If you haven’t checked your smoke alarms yet this year, please let this be a reminder to do it today. If anyone within ESD 48 district needs assistance to help check their alarms, we will happily help if they call our non-emergency number (281) 578-2518 during business hours.