Haysville fire destroys portion of house

Battalion Chief Ray Hensley says no one was injured in a fire that destroyed part of a Haysville home on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (NICHOLE MANNA/The Wichita Eagle)
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Battalion Chief Ray Hensley says no one was injured in a fire that destroyed part of a Haysville home on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017. (NICHOLE MANNA/The Wichita Eagle)
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Kansas man who saved dog from house fire is honored

By Kaitlyn Alanis

kalanis@wichitaeagle.com

November 10, 2017 01:43 PM

A Kansas code enforcement officer and longtime volunteer firefighter who ran into a burning home to save a small dog is being recognized by PETA for his efforts.

The animal-welfare group is sending Kyle Berger of Haysville a Compassionate Action Award for his instinct to save an animal when he was in the right place at the right time. The dog was locked in his kennel.

“Thanks to Kyle Berger’s quick actions and unhesitating bravery, this terrified trapped dog was spared an agonizing death,” PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien said in a release. “Situations like this one are exactly why PETA urges everyone never to lock dogs in crates and always to keep an eye out for animals in need.”

Berger previously told The Eagle that he was just driving through the neighborhood Nov. 3 when he saw a little smoke escaping through the roof of a house.

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“I pulled over to see if I could help,” he said. “Basically, I went around the house, pounded on windows, was opening gates.”

When he got to the backyard, he saw flames coming out of the windows. Thankfully, the back door was unlocked and he found the small, white dog in a kennel.

“He was pretty scared when I opened the door,” Berger said. “He was kind of whining, like he was happy to see me.”

The dog was OK after the fire.

PETA is sending Berger a framed certificate, a letter of congratulations, a box of vegan cookies and a package of stickers that read “In case of emergency, please save our animals,” which he can distribute to members of the community.

Contributing: Nichole Manna of The Eagle

Kaitlyn Alanis: 316-269-6708, @kaitlynalanis