By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer
Neighbors rallied to rescue two dogs when their owners’ shed caught fire in Lily Monday afternoon on Paul Marcum Road.
The shed behind the home of Kevin and Kelly Marcum went up in flames while the couple was at work. According to Melva Pearce of the Lily Fire Department the cause of the fire is unknown, though it isn’t considered suspicious.
The Marcums’ two dogs, a Great Dane and a Basset hound, lived in a dog run attached to the shed. Neighbors gathered around the dog run to help the trapped animals, with Don Allen cutting the wire fencing to allow the dogs to escape while Beverly and Stevie Lewis calmed the dogs and restrained them.
The Great Dane was bleeding from its face due to its frantic attempts at escape, while the Basset hound cowered away from the flames, according to Beverly Lewis. The dogs appeared thoroughly shaken, but alive and mostly unharmed.
While neighbors were rescuing the dogs, Allen called Kelly’s brother, Lonnie Marcum, to alert him to the burning shed. Lonnie contacted his niece, who alerted Kelly at her job as a school teacher at North Laurel High School. Kelly rushed home to check on her animals, and expressed gratitude at their safety.
“I’m sad because I lost all my Christmas decorations,” Kelly said, but she was more concerned with her pets’ safety.
In addition to Lily Volunteer Fire Department, Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County responded. No firefighters were injured.
By LeeAnn Cain / Staff Writer
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