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W.Va. man burned trying to save dog

July 20, 1999|By BRYN MICKLE

BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. - A Morgan County was burned on his face and arms Tuesday after he ran back into his burning home and attempted to save his dog, firefighters said.

William Rawding was treated and released at War Memorial Hospital in Berkeley Springs, according to a hospital spokesman.

Rawding was in his trailer at 13 Tri Lake Park in Berkeley Springs when fire broke out in the middle of the double-wide trailer around 2:45 p.m., according to Berkeley Springs Volunteer Fire Co. President Steve McBee.

Rawding was initially able to escape the fire unharmed but was burned when he tried to go back for his dog, McBee said.

"He attempted to go back in but was driven back by the flames," McBee said.

Firefighters found the dog inside the trailer but it was already dead, McBee said.

It is not uncommon for people to try and go back into a burning home to try and rescue their pets, McBee said.

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"I know pets are considered part of the family, but once you're out of a fire you should stay out," he said. "I know it's tough for people to sit back and not do anything."

A Berkeley Springs volunteer firefighter cut his right hand after he fell through the floor of the trailer, McBee said.

The firefighter was treated and released at War Memorial Hospital, McBee said.

Firefighters spent almost four hours at the trailer battling hot spots to make sure flames didn't rekindle, McBee said.

The home was a total loss, although crews were able to salvage some of the family's personal items, he said.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, McBee said.

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