Family pet lost to house fire

Sunday Times Newspapers

TAYLOR — City firefighters responded to a house fire in the 7800 block of Jackson that cost a family their home and beloved 13-year-old dog.

Taylor Fire Chief Bob Tompos said the house was empty when the fire started. The family was doing some restoration work to include sanding; the five children were staying with relatives and their mother was away for about two hours when the fire started at about 7 p.m. April 7.

“We’re not sure how it started,” Tompos said. “At some point a fire started. It was smoldering when we got there. There were no visible flames. It didn’t really flare up until the doors opened.”

Tompos said that fire marshals were investigating the cause, which may have been electrical in origin.

While the children were safe, the fire cost the family their 13-year-old pet dog, which likely died from smoke inhalation or a heart attack.

“Unfortunately, the 13-year-old dog died,” Tompos said. “We even tried to resuscitate” the animal, found in an area consumed by heat and smoke.

Tompos said the response time by his department was matched by Allen Park, which sent a crew to the bordering neighborhood near Ecorse and Pelham.

In spite of the department’s best efforts — one firefighter nearly fell through a burning floor — the interior and belongings were thoroughly destroyed. A neighbor and TCF Bank have set up an account to help the mother, Lynn K. Dobert, replace lost clothing for three girls, ages 13, 12 and 6, and two boys ages 9 and 6. Anyone wishing to donate clothing or money is asked to contact Fifth Third Bank, 9691 Telegraph, 313-292-5048.

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