Watch Flint firefighter rescue dog from behind burning home

Watch Flint firefighter rescue dog from behind burning home

Firefighter removes dog from behind home during Flint house blazeA Flint firefighter removes a dog Sunday, Sept. 28 from behind a West Paterson Street home during a house fire. The dog did not appear to be injured. The vacant home was a total loss and damaged an occupied home next door.

Roberto Acosta | racosta1@mlive.comBy Roberto Acosta |
on September 29, 2014 at 5:45 PM, updated September 30, 2014 at 12:22 PM

FLINT, MI — As a vacant-house fire crackled Sunday, Sept. 28, on West Paterson Street, Flint firefighters set about saving homes around the blaze that destroyed the structure.

But a video shot at the scene of the raging fire captures one thing that was saved during the course of the effort by firefighters: a dog.

Firefighter Jeremy Yonan responded to the scene around 3 p.m. Sunday in the 4300 block of West Paterson. In the video, Yonan can be seen for the first few seconds carrying the dog toward Fire Engine 62.

He can also be spotted, at 30 seconds, kneeling down and cradling the dogs in his arms, as well as a close-up of Yonan and the dog for roughly the last 15 seconds of the video.

Flint fire Battalion Chief Mark Kovach, who was in command at the scene, said Monday, Sept. 29, it appears the dog belongs to someone in the neighborhood, noting, “They had it chained up in the rear of the house.”

“Because of the amount of heat being generated at the time, they might not have been able to go to the back of the house,” said Kovach of the neighbors. “Poor little guy took a lot of heat, it looked like.”

The dog appeared to be in good condition following the fire. Yonan could not be reached for comment Monday regarding the incident.