Amy Theisen drove to her Lodi Lane home at lunch hour Wednesday to take out the family dog, Cooper. She saw smoke coming from the roof of her family's ranch home.
“I wasn’t completely sure it was coming out of my house. So, I went in and immediately got my dog out. Then I went around back and saw the smoke coming from the two vents, so I called 911,” said Theisen, who was on break from her job at Saline Area Schools.
Nobody but Cooper was home at the time of the fire. Theisen said the dog appears healthy.
“Our dog is doing so very well. He doesn’t even really smell like smoke,” Theisen said. “He’s a lab, so he knows when there is trouble. He’s just glad to be with his dad and safe."
Firefighters from Saline and Pittsfield kept the fire contained to the back corner of the house, where the fire originated.
Saline Fire Chief Craig Hoeft said firefighters were investigating the cause of the blaze. There was a gas leak but it’s not clear what ignited the fire, Hoeft said. Because of the gas leak, firefighters couldn’t attack the fire aggressively. Workers from Consumers Edison could not easily shut off the gas, so even after the blaze was knocked down, firefighters remained on the scene as a precaution.
Chief Hoeft said that while there was smoke damage throughout the house, structural damage was limited to one corner of the house.
Though it is a difficult day for the family, Amy Theisen said it could have been much worse.
“It could have been worse. Damage seems to be contained to the back corner,” Theisen said. “You can replace a house. You can replace items in a house. Fortunately, everyone was out of the house and everyone is safe.”
The Theisens will stay with family in the community.
Theisen was one of at least two 911 callers to report the fire. . Firefighters were dispatched to the 6300 block of Lodi Lane at 12:20.