Woman hailed as hero for rescuing dogs from burning home

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The wife of a Lexington Police officer is being hailed as a hero for risking her own life to save two dogs from a burning home. ABC 36 News was the first Lexington television station on the scene of the house fire on Smuggler’s Notch Drive, near Liberty Road on Monday afternoon.

Investigators say the fire spread to the neighboring home because of high winds. It just so happens that Tifany Perrine was passing by when the home caught on fire and she immediately sprang into action.

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“I ran to the next door neighbors house because I could tell the fire was going to jump over to their house and I started ringing the doorbell and knocking on the door, no one answered, so I happened to try the door knob and luckily it was unlocked,” Perrine said.

Firefighters say there were two dogs in cages, trapped in the burning home.

“My main concern was human life at first, but then when we heard the dogs we knew we had to get them out because the smoke was already coming down the top of the stairs. You could already see it was thick and black and coming down to the first floor, so we knew we needed to get them out as fast as possible,” said Perrine.

“We could hear the dogs barking and another neighbor and I ran in and drug the dogs out, the first dog, and then we went back for the second dog, but the smoke was getting too thick, and I knew when I opened the bathroom door that there was a cat litter box, but we just couldn’t go back in, it was to unsafe to try to get the cat.”

As of this writing, the cat was still missing, according to firefighters.

Both homes were heavily damaged. No one was hurt, according to firefighters.

The cause of the initial fire is under investigation.

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Tom Kenny joined ABC 36 News in June of 2001 as a General Assignment Reporter. A native of Peoria, Illinois, he graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications from Western Illinois University. He currently anchors ABC 36 News at 5pm, 6pm and 11pm. Tom has more than three decades of experience in broadcast journalism. He is the only broadcast journalist in Lexington television history to be honored with a national Edward R. Murrow Award. Tom was recognized for reporting on a story that gave a rare glimpse inside the secretive world of the Federal Witness Protection Program. He has won an Emmy Award for anchoring and another for investigative reporting, exposing the deceit and potential danger of online diploma mills. Tom has ten other Emmy nominations to his credit for investigative and feature reporting. He has won Associated Press Awards for reporting and anchoring. He has won two Addy Awards for excellence in promotional writing. Tom was the first broadcast journalist in Lexington TV history to be awarded the Silver Circle Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. It is one of the highest honors given by NATAS. It recognizes television professionals who have performed distinguished service within the television industry for 25-years or more. Tom was honored for more than his longevity, he was recognized for making an enduring contribution to the vitality of the television industry and for setting high standards of achievement. He was also recognized for giving back to the community as a mentor, educator and volunteer. Tom also has network broadcast experience in radio and television having worked as a sports reporter for ESPN, Sportschannel, NBC Sports and the Breeders’ Cup. He was also the studio host and halftime producer for CBS Radio Sports’ College Football Game of the Week and covered the NFL for One-On-One Radio Sports. Prior to joining WTVQ-TV, Tom was Vice-President of the Houston Astros Minor League baseball team in Lexington. He was part of the original management team that brought professional baseball back to the Bluegrass after a nearly 50-year absence. Tom has lived in Lexington since 1984. In that time, he has been heavily involved with dozens of charity and civic groups, with a special emphasis on helping Veterans. He can be reached at tkenny@wtvq.com. You can also follow Tom on Facebook www.facebook.com/TomKennyABC and Twitter @TomKennyNews. Just click on the links at the top of the page.