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BRUNSWICK, MD – A two-story house was destroyed by fire here Tuesday morning.
Heavy fire was blowing out the house at 415 N. Maple Ave. as crews were being dispatched. Heavy black smoke was visible for miles.
Brunswick Assistant Chief George Houser established command.
An aggressive interior attack was initiated. However, crews were pulled out as conditions worsened.
No one was home at the time. However, residents voiced concern about Achilles, a bullmastiff, who was inside.
The fire, believed to have started in a first floor living room, quickly spread to the second-floor, attic and roof.
The heat melted siding on the house next door. However, firefighters stopped the fire from spreading.
After the bulk of the fire was out, firefighters forced open a basement door, and found Achilles standing a few feet away.
They grabbed him, and dragged him outside where he collapsed in the snow, gasping for air.
EMTs from Brunsick. Vol. Ambulance & Rescue administered oxygen. And after a few minutes, he was up and walking around.
There were no injuries.
Crews assisting Brunswick included Brunswick Ambulance Co., Jefferson, Lovettsville, Potomac Valley, Carroll Manor, Neersville, and Independent Hose Co.