July 22, 2022

Firefighters rescued seven dogs, including six puppies, from a one-alarm house fire in Towson's Rodgers Forge area Wednesday.

Firefighters treated the animals, which had been exposed to heat and smoke, using a special oxygen delivery device designed for pets. The dogs -- a female Pointer and her puppies -- were turned over to Baltimore County Animal Services' shelter in Baldwin because the house was damaged and the owner hospitalized. All the dogs are expected to survive.

Three additional adult dogs, also Pointers, subsequently were discovered in the basement by BCoPD fire investigators and turned over to Animal Services. They also are expected to survive.

BCoPD fire investigators have ruled this an accidental fire, caused by an unspecified electrical failure in the dining room area.

Crews were dispatched at 12:44 p.m. Wednesday to a fire in a middle-of-group rowhome in the 100 block of Brandon Road, 21212. The first-arriving engine found smoke showing. Firefighters found extremely cluttered conditions inside and located a fire in the dining room area. Firefighters found the dogs, loose, in the house.

The fire was knocked at 12:56 a.m. and called under control at 1:20 p.m.

Police, who arrived on scene before BCoFD units, found a man (the homeowner) on the front porch of the residence. He suffered non life-threatening injuries and was transported by EMS personnel to a local hospital.