A code enforcement officer for the city of Haysville ran into a burning home Friday afternoon and saved a dog that was locked in its kennel.
Kyle Berger was driving near the 200 block of Spencer Drive around noon when he noticed a little smoke coming from the roof of a house.
“I pulled over to see if I could help,” he said. “Basically, I went around the house, pounded on windows, was opening gates.”
Three other people from neighboring houses ran over to see if anyone was inside. A fourth person dialed 911.
When Berger got to the backyard, he saw flames coming out of the windows. Then he noticed a back door was unlocked.
Looking back on it, he said he didn’t think. Instinct kicked in and he just opened the door.
“I saw a dog in a kennel and just grabbed the kennel,” he said.
Maybe it was good luck, but Berger was definitely in the right place at the right time Friday.
He has 14 years of experience as a volunteer firefighter and emergency medical technician in Clearwater.
“I was just hoping there was nobody inside,” he said. “That was my whole fear because being just in street clothes, there was no way I was going to be able to get in there with the smoke.”
And no one was inside the house. Sedgwick County Fire Battalion Chief Ray Hensley said no injuries were reported, but not all the pets in the house were accounted for. Firefighters were seen bringing what appeared to be a birdcage out of the home once the fire was extinguished. They covered the cage with a sheet.
The dog, a small white one, is OK.
“He was pretty scared when I opened the door,” Berger said. “He was kind of whining, like he was happy to see me.”
Neighbors took care of securing the pet while Berger focused on helping the first arriving firefighters.
“I was able to at least give the fire crews the location of where the fire was,” he said. “The doors were unlocked, we had gates open so they didn’t have to stop to open them.”
The cause of fire and origin are still under investigation.
“There’s quite a bit of damage to the back side of the house, in a bedroom,” Hensley said. “It’s probably going to be a total loss to the back side of the house.”