Toddler dies in Spokane fire, his dog huddled at his side

steve knight

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this is so sad and the dog protected him till the end.
The saddest part is this could have been easily prevented.

http://bigstory.ap.org/4bb4ab9ca3c04a7189a5b0864daeca23
SEATTLE (AP) — A toddler who died in a house fire was found with his dog and teddy bear next to him and authorities believe the dog tried to protect the boy, a spokesman for Spokane's fire department said Saturday.

The dog, a terrier mixed breed, also died in the fire that broke out at about 11:30 p.m. Friday, said the spokesman, Brian Schaeffer.

Three other children and two adults escaped the blaze in Spokane's Hillyard neighborhood, he said.


The dog stayed behind in an attempt to protect the boy, firefighters believe, and the fire was so intense that it melted the metal on the frame of the boy's bed, Schaeffer said.


Jerry Atabelo, who lives across the street, told The Spokesman-Review (http://bit.ly/2dy1IDv ) he saw the flames and heard screaming as he was getting ready for bed. He yelled for his wife to call 911 and ran outside to hook up his 150 foot water hose.

As people screamed that a child was still in the house, neighbors dragged the hose across the street and sprayed water through a window to try to put out the fire, Atabelo said.

The battery in the house's smoke detector had been removed and it was not working, Schaeffer said.
 

Zombie Acorn

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I had a fire 2 years ago destroy everything I own, pets were the only ones home and survived with a little soot on their furs thanks to neighbors. Puts everything into perspective pretty quick, 1) make sure your fire detectors work. 2) when your kids are old enough teach them fire routes 3) make sure you have proper insurance, all of your possessions can be replaced.
 

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I had a fire 2 years ago destroy everything I own, pets were the only ones home and survived with a little soot on their furs thanks to neighbors. Puts everything into perspective pretty quick, 1) make sure your fire detectors work. 2) when your kids are old enough teach them fire routes 3) make sure you have proper insurance, all of your possessions can be replaced.
Unless they're no longer made? But what does society teach us to begin with? (I know you know, but so many genuinely don't...)
 

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Unless they're no longer made? But what does society teach us to begin with? (I know you know, but so many genuinely don't...)
Personally I wasn't effected at all by losing all of our stuff, as long as I have a computer of some sort I'm good, my wife was having close to a nervous breakdown, and my daughter was too young to know a difference, so each person takes it differently. I can't imagine losing a kid to a fire though, the guilt would haunt you for a lifetime. I'd rather die in the fire then have to think about that.

Society definitely puts too much emphasis on owning stuff, may sound funny saying that on a forum dedicated to "stuff".
 

steve knight

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I had our rental house burn down while we were sleeping at night. lost everything.
 

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Personally I wasn't effected at all by losing all of our stuff, as long as I have a computer of some sort I'm good, my wife was having close to a nervous breakdown, and my daughter was too young to know a difference, so each person takes it differently. I can't imagine losing a kid to a fire though, the guilt would haunt you for a lifetime. I'd rather die in the fire then have to think about that.

Society definitely puts too much emphasis on owning stuff, may sound funny saying that on a forum dedicated to "stuff".
Mom said there is no greater pain than burying one of your own kids :(
 

steve knight

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Damn man so sorry to hear, I feel for ya
don't worry it was 35 years ago. but i never feared fire. i was playing with gas when I was 13 and burned my leg bad but I never panicked I dropped and rolled but it took a bit to go out. so when the house burned I was not scared. kind of strange really.