by: Chris Legeros Updated:
PUYALLUP, Wash. - When flames were spotted moving quickly from house to house in a Puyallup neighborhood, residents went to work trying to help get people to safety. One man even remembered there was a dog locked in a home while his owner was at work.
When Central Pierce Fire and Rescue crews arrived at the scene, Bob Stuczynski told them they had to save the beloved pet. "I turned around and told firefighters I don't care what you need to do, how you need to do it, get that dog out", said Stuczynski.
The dog named Shorty was rescued from the home before thick smoke filled the residence. Stuczysnki took him home for safe keeping while his owner worked on finding another place to stay because of water damage to his home.
The fire was first reported around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Neighbors spotted thick smoke moving from one structure to another. Two buildings, a single-family home and a duplex were badly damaged.
"They're attached and they can just go up one after another"," said Stuczynski.
The initial calls to 911 claimed the blaze started as a brush fire outside the residences that spread to the structures. "It is still unclear whether it started as a brush fire or whether it started in the house itself," said Central Pierce Fire and Rescue spokesman Chief Ed Hrivnak.