Firies save dog as fire guts Kilaben Bay home

16/02/2019 // by admin

Firies save dog as fire guts Kilaben Bay home DAMAGED: Several rooms were destroyed at the Kilaben Bay house after fire swept through the property yesterday.
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HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

HAPPY REUNION: Graeme Knott is reunited with his dog Dyllis.Pictures: Ryan Osland

TweetFacebook Kilaben Bay house fireGraeme Knott was overcome with gratitude to firefighters after they found his dog, Dyllis, alive and well.KILABEN Bay man Graeme Knott cried tears of joy yesterday when he saw his beloved dog, Dyllis, emerge from his fire-ravaged home in the arms of a firefighter.

Overcome with emotion, he ran over and gave her a big hug.

Dyllis, wet and covered in soot, responded with a lick to his face.

Mr Knott said he thought she had died in the blaze, which began to tear through his home some time after 1.30pm.

It took about 20 firefighters more than 40 minutes to extinguish the blaze, but a number of rooms could not be saved.

Mr Knott said he wanted to give a sincere thank you to them for rescuing his dog.

“I wasn’t home and I saw smoke coming through the trees as I drove down the road,” he said.

“I have two dogs, one of which [Shrek] came to greet me as I came out of the car.

“Dyllis was lost for what seemed like an hour.

“I burst into tears when they brought her out.

“I just want to thank them.”

Mr Knott said Dyllis was his wife’s dog.

“My wife has dementia, she’s in the nursing home,” he said.

Fire and Rescue NSW Duty Commander for Newcastle, Graham Kingsland, said that firefighters had found Dyllis scared and hiding inside the house.

“The guys were just doing the final extinguishment and found the dog in the front room,” he said.

“When we arrived the house was fully involved, there were visible flames coming through the windows.’’

Kilaben Road was closed off while firefighters worked on the home, which was confirmed to be contaminated with asbestos.

Lake Macquarie duty officer Inspector Murray Lundberg said they had been knocking on the doors of surrounding houses advising people to lock their doors and stay inside because of the contamination.

He said detectives and forensic specialists would work on determining the cause of the blaze, which was not known.

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