The owner of a Beaumont Boarding and Day Care in Beaumont, California, couldn’t bear to stand by while the animals inside their house were in danger of being burned alive.
The building was ablaze. As Riverside County News Source reports, fire and thick, black smoke could be seen from miles away. The three human occupants of the single-family home had made it out with minor injuries, one being sent to the hospital, but the animals were still inside as police and firefighters arrived.
One of the officers then saw the owner dash back into the burning building to save the animals.
According to KESG, a dog died in the fire, but the owner was able to bring the rest of the animals outside to safety.
More than 20 firefighters, with five engines and one truck, extinguished the fire within 30 minutes. By then, the house and everything in it was reduced to ash and rubble.
“The residents made it out safely but lost everything in the fire,” wrote retired Riverside County Sheriff’s Sgt. and American Red Cross Disaster Action Team member Ray Gayton-Jacob. “As the attached property is a private animal shelter, an overabundance of local animal activists arrived to care for the uninjured animals on the property.”
It’s unknown how the fire started, but the homeowner and Gayton-Jacob were both impressed with the support that followed.
“The Red Cross assisted the residents by providing funds for temporary housing. We also provided the family with blankets, comfort kits, refreshments, and access to disaster relief caseworkers to help with any additional needs the residents may seek,” Gayton-Jacob said. “I felt so proud to see our community reaching out and assisting this family during their time of chaos and need.”
Matthew Russell is a West Michigan native and with a background in journalism, data analysis, cartography and design thinking. He likes to learn new things and solve old problems whenever possible, and enjoys bicycling, going to the dog park, spending time with his daughter, and coffee.
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