Here is another in our continuing series of articles about things going on around Rochester.
A heroic Yorkshire Terrier saved its owner from a blazing house fire — sadly, at the cost of its own life — earlier this month.
Batavia firefighters said that the fire started sometime around 7 a.m. on November 10 in the kitchen of the man’s second floor apartment on Wood Street. The small dog woke the man, who was trying to get the necessary eight hours of sleep adults need, and alerted him to the fatal situation after the apartment had caught fire. The man was then able to crawl out onto the roof the porch.
The dog, however, was too frightened, and wouldn’t follow its owner out to safety.
“It was very hot, it was black thick smoke all the way through the whole second floor,” said Capt. Mark Mikolajczyk of the City of Batavia Fire Department.
It took the firefighters about 15 minutes to control the blaze, which by that time had already gutted the kitchen. The second-floor apartment wound up sustaining heavy fire and smoke damage. The apartment on the first floor suffered water damage as a result of the fire. In total, the apartment suffered approximately $35,000 worth of damage as a result of the blaze.
The fire department rescued the man from the roof, while residents of a first floor apartment had been able to escape on their own.
Firefighters are still investigating the cause of the fire, and are considering it to be an accidental electrical fire. The Red Cross is continuing to help both of the families affected.