Dog dead following Wednesday morning fire

Fire crews responded to 5700 block of Paiute Road Wednesday morning. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Fire Department)
Fire crews responded to 5700 block of Paiute Road Wednesday morning. (Southside Daily photo/Courtesy of Virginia Beach Fire Department)

VIRGINIA BEACH — A family dog died in a fire here Wednesday morning.

Fire crews were sent to the 5700 block of Paiute Road in the Arrowhead section of the city at around 7:30 a.m.

No one was home at the time of the fire, but two dogs were inside, fire officials said.

“One did not survive, the other one was removed by firefighters, given oxygen and transported by VB Animal Control to a local veterinary hospital in serious condition,”  said Art Kohn, Virginia Beach Fire Department spokesman. “At last report, the dog was said to be responding to treatment but condition still serious.”

Kohn said crews contained the fire to a space underneath the stairwell on the first floor of the two-story home, and was under control in less than 20 minutes of the first units arriving on scene.

The fire appears to be accidental in nature, Kohn said, but its exact cause remains under investigation.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.