Woman and 10 dogs saved from Doncaster fire

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.
South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service.

A woman was rescued from her burning Doncaster home last night before fire crews saved 10 pet dogs.

An 11th dog in the house in Milton Grove, Armthorpe, did not survive the inferno.

Neighbours smashed the back bedroom window at the semi-detached property to provide air for the 26-year-old woman who had called 999 after the barking dogs woke her about 11.30pm.

Doncaster firefighters immediately put a ladder up to the window and carried the woman to safety and gave her oxygen before paramedics gave her treatment.

As she was being given first aid she told the crews about her missing dogs and four firefighters wearing breathing apparatus began a search of the house.

Over a period of two hours they found a total of 11 chihuahuas, only one of which could not be revived.

A vet was also called to treat them and some are today being looked after by neighbours. It is understood the occupant owned nine of them and two belonged to a friend.

The rented house was severely damaged on the ground floor and badly affected by smoke upstairs.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation but it is believed to have started in the kitchen and may be cooking related.