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Fire victim in hospital as her dog is found alive under rubble

Hagerstown woman is in fair condition at Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center

May 24, 2012|By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com
  • Officer Jamie Burger of the Humane Society of Washington County kneels next to a dog that was found buried under debris after a fire on North Cannon Avenue on Wednesday morning. Named Sadie, the dog is the pet of fire victim Donna Delosier. Sadie was found uninjured, but buried under debris Thursday morning by Delosier's neighbors, Brenda Clever and Debbie Guessford.
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A Hagerstown woman burned in a Wednesday morning house fire remained in a Baltimore hospital Thursday, while neighbors found one of her dogs still alive under the rubble.

The condition of Donna Delosier, the victim of the blaze at 110 N. Cannon Ave., was upgraded from critical to fair Thursday afternoon at Johns Hopkins Bayview Burn Center, according to a hospital spokeswoman.

Delosier, who appeared to have burns on about 15 percent of her body after running back into the burning duplex to save some of her pets, was transported from the scene to Meritus Medical Center and later taken to Baltimore for treatment of burns to her upper body, city spokeswoman Erin Wolfe said in a news release.

Investigators returned to the scene Thursday, but the cause of the fire remained undetermined, Wolfe said.

After speaking with Hagerstown Fire Marshal Doug DeHaven on Thursday, Wolfe said investigators believe the fire started in the basement, but had not determined a cause yet because of  the amount of debris inside the home and the roof that caved in during the two-alarm blaze.

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Crews were called to the fire about 9:55 a.m. Wednesday as heavy smoke was already coming from the building. Fire spread to the adjoining unit of the duplex at 112 N. Cannon Ave., before firefighters could get it under control, Wolfe said.

Delosier was outside the home when fire crews arrived, but ran back inside to try to save some of her pets, Wolfe said. Delosier saved two dogs, but several other pets were unaccounted for, Wolfe said.

One of Delosier’s missing animals, a dog named “Sadie,” was found Thursday morning when neighbors sifting through the rubble heard a soft bark coming from underneath it, according to an email from Heather Guessford, daughter of Delosier’s neighbor, Debbie Guessford.

“They heard a second bark and realized it was Sadie,” Heather Guessford wrote in the email.

Debbie Guessford and another neighbor, Brenda Clever, quickly began clearing debris away from the dog, and another person called the Humane Society of Washington County, the  email said.

Sadie appeared to be uninjured, and was just “muddy, stunned and hungry” before Officer Jamie Burger of the humane society took her to a veterinarian to get checked out, the email said.

Katherine Cooker, a spokeswoman for the humane society, said Thursday that Sadie and the two other dogs saved from the fire were “all fine.”

The occupants of 112 N. Cannon Ave., were also home at the time of the fire, but escaped safely, Wolfe said.

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