Neighbor Rescues Family From Fire
Published: August 20, 2007 | 6686th good news item since 2003
A good neighbor is being hailed as a hero after a fire broke out next door displacing its six adult residents.
Mike Owens was awaken at around 3:00 a.m. Sunday night in his Poolesville home on the 19,00 block of Gott Street by loud popping sounds. When he looked outside he saw a fire burning the back of his neighbor’s two story, single family home.
Montgomery County Firefighters say Owens immediately called 911 and then went over to his neighbor’s house to alert the family. Owens was able to enter the family’s home through an unlocked door and rescued their pet dog. Firefighters called his actions potentially life-saving.
Investigators believe the fire originated accidently near a deck that holds electrical services for the family’s pool and that a natural gas meter apparently became involved and fed the fire.
Firefighters say several family members also were smokers and used the deck area to smoke. The exact cause remains under investigation and the damage cause by the fire is estimated at $485,000.