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8 puppies saved from Stepstone Road fire


By Tom Marshall
Senior Advocate writer

Eight puppies were saved from a fire that destroyed a home on Stepstone Road Feb. 20, according to fire officials.
The pups were reportedly saved by Eastern Kentucky University paramedic intern Stewart Napier.

“We had a big fire yesterday (Feb. 20) and Stewart did phenomenally at his job as rehab,’ the EKU Paramedic Degree Program posted on social media quoting the Montgomery County Fire Dept. following the incident. “He single handedly recouped eight pups with burns and smoke inhalation. Calm, cool and collected. He can come back and ride anytime.”

“Congratulations to Stewart on his excellent performance as a paramedic intern, and thanks to Montgomery County Fire/EMS for providing a wonderful environment for our students,” the post also said.

The puppies were rescued from the back porch of a single story wood home at 2365 Stepstone Road, fire dept. spokesman Casey Bramel said.
A passerby reported the fire at 4:17 p.m. and firefighters found the home engulfed in flames when they arrived minutes later, Bramel said.
No one was home at the time of the fire, he said.

Bramel said firefighters found the puppies in an open back porch area when they arrived and took them to an ambulance to keep warm until the homeowners arrived.

The homeowners were identified as Mike and Tonya Eversole. They had insurance on the property, Bramel said.

The home was described as a total loss.
Bramel said officials are trying determine the cause of the fire, which remains under investigation.

Six apparatus and nine personnel all responded to the scene. Approximately 7,000 gallons of water was used to put out the fire.
Bramel said the fire was knocked down fairly quickly but the overhaul lasted until about 7 p.m. as firefighters tried to douse hot spots before leaving the scene.

The fire dept. has specialized masks that can be used for animals.