A family narrowly escaped injury late Tuesday night after their house erupted in flames. Their home was destroyed and one of three family dogs did not survive.
It was around 11 p.m. when investigators said a fire started near the back deck of an Omaha home near 111th and Blondo. The flames were so intense they quickly spread through the entire house and into the front living room area.
Wednesday, Brandon, who is the oldest of three, told Channel Six News he was forced to react quickly and run inside to wake up his brother and sister and pull his father from the house.
In the midst of the flames, firefighters managed to rescue a puppy named “Precious.” Precious received oxygen at the scene. Two other dogs, “Chewy” and “Harley,” hid underneath a bed for over four hours during the fire. They were found on Wednesday. Chewy was still at the veterinarian undergoing medical treatment Wednesday evening. A fourth dog, “Bear," died in the smoke and flames.
"First thing we do is go see who is in the house," said Brandon. "I run downstairs to get my dad, one of my friends runs upstairs and woke up my brother and sister and got them out of the house as soon as we could."
Brandon, who didn’t want to give his last name, explained the flames quickly spread. "By the time they got up there it was almost full, too full of smoke to even breathe, we barely got them out."
How did he react so fast? "Family, they are always my number one priority, family is first before everything,” Brandon said.
Brandon didn’t think the fire was an accident. "All I know is my friend saw something fly through the air, it looked like it was on fire and then landed on my deck and then my deck went up."
Investigators could only confirm where the fire started. "The first crews arrived to find fire at the back of the house, it appears the fire probably started back there,” said OFD Battalion Chief Ted Weidner.
"We don't know who did it," said Brandon. "It makes me mad because they tried to kill my family. I could have been in there, too."
The Omaha Fire Department said the cause of the blaze is still under investigation. No timeline has been set.