CNS Reporter
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31 Jul 2015
4:57 pm

Elderly man saves dog from burning house

CNS Reporter

A 70-year-old Johannesburg man has been labelled a hero after braving the flames of a house fire to rescue a neighbour’s Scottish terrier.

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The man, Will James, entered the Parktown North home on Thursday evening shortly after the fire had started at about 6pm, Rosebank Killarney Gazette reported.

“My 70-year-old dad just went inside, found their dog cowering in the kitchen and carried it out! What a hero,” said James’ granddaughter, Cherene Nel.

According to a neighbour who did not want to be named, firefighters had extinguished the blaze by 9pm.

“Community involvement was amazing. The owner is in shock but is alright” the neighbour said.

The inside of the house was gutted by the fire whose cause is still under investigation. The Scottish terrier, named Campbell, is said to be recovering at a local vet.

No other injuries were reported.

Earlier this year, a dog was rescued after she was trapped in a pool filled with snakes in Bluff, KwaZulu-Natal

A local snake wrangler, Shaun Venter, whose main focus is to retrieve snakes, was alerted to a dog in distress on Brighton Road. The dog was reportedly trapped in a pool with shallow water and bush snakes.

With the assistance of a neighbour and friend, Debbie Andre, Venter approached the troubled dog and managed to save it.

– Caxton News Service