MEDFORD, Ore. – Medford Fire says a homeowner was saved from a house fire Saturday night thanks to the heroics of a sheriff’s deputy.
Deputy Brendan Dodge happened to be driving by on the way to another call and saw the house on fire.
Fire officials say Dodge kicked in the door and rescued the elderly homeowner along with her three dogs before fire trucks were able to arrive. That homeowner didn’t have working smoke detectors, and apparently had no idea the fire was spreading.
“If he hadn’t been driving by it might have been a different story for her. And we’re really grateful for his actions,” said Medford Fire Battalion Chief Brian Fish. “That really helped us out a lot.”
Investigators were out Sunday looking into the cause of the fire. The house isn’t a total loss, but fire officials say the roof and parts of the attic will likely have to be replaced.