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Puppies saved
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Puppies were rescued from a house fire Monday. Pictured is Centertown Fire Department Chief Phillip Prater, left, and North Warren Fire Department firefighter Brady Moffitt with one of them.

Firefighters will do their best to rescue every living creature from a structure fire.

Centertown Fire Department, with assistance from North Warren Fire Department and Warren County EMS, saved 12 puppies and up to four dogs from a structure fire on Brown Prater Road on Monday at 5:30 p.m. 

“The puppies were a little bit lethargic, but they seemed OK,” said Centertown Fire Chief Phillip Prater. “When we got them outside, they seemed to come around. From time to time, we do run across animals in the homes. There have been a few times when the pets succumb. They don’t make it. This was a happy ending. We were thankful for that.” 

Centertown and North Warren departments responded to the home and discovered a kitchen fire. 

“The fire started around the kitchen stove,” said Prater. “Robert Wilkes was at home. He said he heard a pop. After a few minutes, he walked out into the living room and the kitchen was filled with smoke.”

Firefighters were notified about dogs and puppies in the home.

“Once the fire was out, we started pulling out puppies,” said Prater. “We also found two to four adult dogs. It was hard to keep count just how many adults. I think the adult dogs kept going back into the home because of the puppies. There was at least two litters of puppies, because one litter seemed a bit older than the other litter.”