A resident trying to save the family pets was injured in an early morning house fire Sunday, according to Capt. David Meadows with the Collinsville Fire Department.
The resident, one of five people living in the home, had gotten out of the burning home and re-entered in an attempt to grab the pets before firefighters arrived. He had only minor burns and was taken to Anderson Hospital in Maryville to be treated, but it could have been worse, Meadows said.
“It could have cost him his life,” Meadows said. When there is a fire, Meadows says residents should worry about getting themselves to safety, not pets.
“Get out and call 911. ... (Animals) usually get out on their own,” he said. “They’re usually better at it than you are.”
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to Belleville News-Democrat
Meadows did not know if the pets survived the fire Sunday.
(Animals) usually get out on their own. They’re usually better at it than you are.
Capt. David Meadows with the Collinsville Fire Department on residential fires
Firefighters were dispatched around 6 a.m. to the 900 block of Nichols Street and were on scene for about two hours. Meadows said the fire was in the basement of the home and spread onto the exterior first-floor walls. Collinsville was assisted by Maryville, Fairview Heights, Troy and Caseyville fire departments.
The cause of the fire was not known Sunday.
Meadows said the home is still standing, but the damage was not limited to the basement. There was extensive heat and smoke damage throughout the building.