ST. GEORGE – Gwynn Cantrell, a second grade teacher for the Washington County School District, got the phone call no homeowner wants to receive. The police were informing her that her home had caught on fire.
Luckily for Cantrell, and partly because the firewall between her home and garage had been built properly, her home was not a total loss. Most of the damage was in the garage, though smoke damage had entered the kitchen and gone through the vents.
And even luckier, the fire department had broken down her door to ensure no one was trapped inside, and were able to rescue her beloved Yorkshire who was trapped in the kitchen. A black Labrador was also in the backyard and was unharmed. However, her cat Oreo, has still not been found.
No one was injured in the fire and neighbors immediately called police while trying to tame the fire with water from their garden hose. Fire Marshall Kevin Taylor said the fire was put out in 20 minutes.
Fire Investigator Jason Whipple said Oreo had an open door at the back of the garage, away from the fire, and he believes the cat escaped. Cantrell’s daughter-in-law said the cat was never trapped in the garage, but had a way to get back into the kitchen. She said Oreo often roamed free outside and believes the cat will return. If found, the cat does have a collar with his name and Cantrell’s phone number.
Taylor said the investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing.
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