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Animal hides for hour in burning home

SYMMES TOWNSHIP, Ohio (Jeff Hirsh) -- Flames reached skyward as one family's dog hunkered down inside their burning home to ride out the blaze.

The call came in about a 8:45 but not from any of the neighbors on Brentmoor Drive.  A resident across the river in Warren County could see a house way off in the distance on fire but couldn't say exactly where it was.

The roof was gutted and the rest of the house was also a mess.  Fortunately, no one was home when the fire started, no one with two legs.  So firefighters went into a defensive posture fighting the fire from the outside.  But there was a four-legged resident who was inside and survived probably by instinct.

The dog survived by finding a place to hide and getting down low on the floor.  An hour into the incident, no one had seen the dog.  Officials had been in and out of the building and there was no evidence of the dog.

Deputy Chief Andrew Knapp of the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department said, "The resident showed me where he though the dog would be hiding if the dog was roaming the house and we sent a crew to that location.  And sure enough the dog was hiding in the front, if you face the house we call it the 'Bravo Charlie corner' which would be the left side, back corner of the house."

Deputy Chief Knapp said the dog is a large dog and looks like a polar bear.  When he was found his white fur was covered in soot.  He was wet from the fire fighters applying water to the house but he survived.  The dog was given oxygen and taken to a vet but appeared to be in good spirits.

The cause of the fire is still unknown.  A neighbor tells us a father, mother, and four kids live in the house.  Three of the kids are away at college.

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