A man and his dog escaped a house fire in Tiddville by walking out the window.
Keith Frost was watching TV with his dog Duncan when he noticed smoke on the ceiling of the first floor bedroom.
Then he noticed smoke was pouring round the corner from the kitchen and in the door of the bedroom.
“I knew I couldn’t go out that way, so we climbed out the window,” said Frost later, as he watched fire fighters clean up hot spots in his burnt out home.
Smoke was pouring out every window when he called 911 from his cellphone at 11 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.
Digby Neck arrived on scene 15 minutes later and flames were coming out every window.
The first firefighters said they could see it glowing as the drove down the Neck to the fire.
They called for mutual aid from Tiverton and Digby.
Digby Neck knocked the fire down with an exterior attack and then firefighters entered the building to hunt out hot spots. They also cut a hole in the roof to let heat and smoke escape from the upper floors.
Keith and Duncan were unhurt in the fire and have family nearby; Keith’s wife Rebecca was in Toronto visiting family at the time of the fire.
The house was still standing but completely ruined. Frost says it was insured.
Digby was called away from the fire scene at 12:30 a.m. to help Plympton with a structure fire on the Old North Range Road.
Weymouth and Brighton Barton also responded to the mutual aid call.
Initial reports said there was fire in several locations in the house and that the owners were out.
Plympton stood down the other departments when they discovered the fire was much smaller than reported.