Firefighters rushed to the scene of a four-alarm house fire on Maxwell Road in Williams just after 5 a.m. this morning.
“We arrived on scene to a fully involved structure with one main residence, one out building and one trailer fully involved,” said Winters Fire Department Chief Ken Cohen.
Knowing there was nothing they could do to save the home, firefighters jumped into action to protect the 15 or more dogs on the property.
“All kinds hunting dogs, mostly. I think they do breeding and training out here for hunting dogs,” Cohen said.
They did it while at the same time staying far enough back not to put firefighters in danger of live rounds popping off inside the inferno.
Luckily for everyone involved, the homeowners were able to make it out safely and firefighters were able to stop the fire from reaching the dogs.
Cohen says four cities’ fire departments responded to this challenging fire fight
Limited water access and the location on a back country road made this a difficult firefight.
It took more than an hour to contain the fire. But in the end the only thing lost was what could be replaced: the home.
The animals were unharmed.