DAWSONVILLE, Ga. — A Dawson County man helped his neighbors escape from a burning home Saturday.
Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services Director Danny Thompson said “Ken Goines assisted the family of three in getting out of the house safely before firefighters arrived. This is a courageous act by Mr. Goines, for placing himself in harms way to ensure the safety of others.”
DCFES units responded at 109 Richmond Drive and upon arrival of Engine and Med 1, they encountered a single-family dwelling with heavy flames showing from the garage area. Personnel immediately initiated fire suppression operations to control the fire.
Other arriving units began a search and rescue operation to ensure all occupants were out of the structure and to locate missing family pets. Dawson County personnel were able to locate and rescue seven felines from the structure.
The incident is being investigated by Dawson County Fire Marshall’s office. The cause is undetermined, pending further investigation. No injuries to civilians or fire service personnel were noted. All rescued pets were transported to Dawsonville Animal Hospital.
(Photo taken by Lt. Chris Archer, Dawson County Fire & EMS.)
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