Woman hailed as hero for rescuing dogs from burning home
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.
“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.