Friday fire damages city home, claims four pets

11:04 am | December 3, 2013

Although emergency crews contained an Elizabethton house fire in “a few minutes,” it wasn’t fast enough to save the resident’s four pets from smoke inhalation.

Photo by Danny Davis House fire on Florence St started around 7pm Friday evening. A few pets were lost in the blaze.

Photo by Danny Davis
House fire on Florence St started around 7 p.m. Friday evening. A few pets were lost in the blaze.

On Friday night, the Elizabethton Fire Department was able to quell the fire at 502 Florence St., but not before the two dogs and two birds belonging to the homeowner, Inge Elizabeth Ritchie, asphyxiated on the smoke caused by the fire.

Despite the loss of the animals, EFD Chief Barry Carrier commended his crew on their response to the blaze.

“The boys did a good job,” Carrier said. “They had the fire out in just a few minutes.”

The call came in at around 7:12 p.m. Friday, and members of the EFD, Carter County
Emergency and Rescue Squad, and officers with the Elizabethton Police Department responded to the scene.

While his crew would ultimately manage to contain the fire in short order, Carrier said that both the call and the initial view of the scene had dire implications.

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