MASSACHUSETTS: Oil truck driver, Kevin Labrie, was making an Easthampton delivery on Monday afternoon when he spotted a fire coming from a dog kennel located in a the back yard of a home on Melinda Lane.
Labrie sprang into action and attempted to free 13-year-old beagle (Pammy) from her burning kennel.
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The frightened dog unfortunately bit Labrie’s hand while he was trying to open the gate.
Though the driver had to be treated for the bite and stitched up, he’s alright – and unsurprised by the dog’s frantic action. The dog had a little bit of singed fur, but is otherwise fine.
Upon further investigation, it seems that the fire was caused by a hot lightbulb inside of the freestanding kennel – which was also very close to another building on the property.
The homeowner was in the basement at the time of the incident, and was alerted of the fire by a neighbor. By the time he was able to get outside – Labrie had already been able to get the dog out of the kennel.
The three used snow and a garden hose to begin extinguishing the flames, and the fire department arrived quickly. The fire was put out within ten minutes.