Oshkosh woman hopes to return home after she and her dogs escape a fire through 2nd floor window


It was an emotional day for Debbie Pruitt as she returned to her apartment building to see the devastation. 

She explained how she and her beloved pets narrowly escaped the flames.

One dog did not make it.

"I couldn't save Jasmine," said Debbie Pruitt, heartbroken over the loss of her dog.

She was sleeping when the fire started just after 5 p.m. Monday.  She woke up to flames and thick smoke.
"I jumped out the window and people caught me," said Pruitt.

Pruitt slid three of her dogs down this awning from her second floor apartment into the arms of good Samaritans.

"She was very distraught and evidently she was only in her under cloths.  So she had to get out in a hurry and there was soot all over her," said Madonna Hill, a local business owner.

Firefighters rescued three other dogs trapped inside.

"I saw one of the dog's head out the window just watching the fire men and the police men and he just waited until somebody came and one of the fire men came and rescued him and carried him down the ladder," said Hill.

The surviving dogs suffered minor burns.  Pruitt escaped unharmed, but now the struggle to recover begins.
"I got to sign my dogs over to the humane society because i don't have nowhere to stay now, so i cant take care of my dogs," Pruitt said.

Pruitt said she doesn't know when or even if she'll be able to move back home.

A salon below the apartment also has water damage.  Firefighters are investigating what caused the fire.


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