Two firefighters bitten while rescuing dogs from house fire in Hixson
Two officers were injured while rescuing pets from a house fire Saturday.
Around 12:15 pm, dispatch received a call about a ceiling fan in a bedroom that had caught fire at a home in the 1500 block of Dallas Lake Road, Amy Maxwell, spokesperson for the Hamilton County Office of Emergency Management, said.
Firefighters with the Dallas Bay Volunteer Fire Department saw heavy smoke coming from the eaves of the home, Maxwell explained.
The homeowner told firefighters that five dogs and a cat were inside the home.
Firefighters were able to quickly rescue the animals from the smoke and fire, however, two of the dogs bit the hands of two of the firefighters.
Other firefighters worked to contain the fire to the bedroom and attic area.
Maxwell said the smoke alarms alerted the homeowner to the fire.
The house does have heavy smoke damage throughout and fire damage in the attic area and bedroom. The cost of damages is estimated at $20,000.
The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office is working to determine what caused the fire.
Hamilton County EMS treated the two firefighters on the scene.
Animal Control was called to the home to take the two dogs. They will be quarantined for several days, which is standard policy.
The homeowner is staying with family.