Heroic dog dies in Wheeling fire

A WHEELING canine, who perished in a two-alarm fire during the weekend in Wheeling, proved he was “man’s best friend,” and his owners can’t help but be thankful for his heroic actions.

The blaze began in a three-story vacant house at 195 15th St. and spread to two other houses, and the dog in the house on the east side of the burning structure awakened his owners. The house on the east side was one of those which caught fire, but the owners alerted by their pet were able to escape without injury.

Unfortunately, the heroic dog and a cat didn’t survive.

The vacant structure and the house in which the dog had lived were described as “total losses” and will have to be torn down, according to a Wheeling Fire Department spokesman.

According to the spokesman, the house on the west side of 195 15th St. didn’t have much fire damage although there were smoke and water damages.

Wheeling firefighters received the fire call Saturday at 2:30 a.m., and responding initially were Engines 2 and 5, Ladder 1 and Rescue 1. Additional trucks and firefighters responded on the second alarm, and the vehicles included Ladder 6 and Engine 4.

Firefighters cleared the scene about 7 a.m.

Cause of the blaze is still under investigation.

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