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Boone County firefighters called to help in Cooper County


A fleet of first responders from two counties was called to a house fire on Highway 98 in Cooper County on Wednesday.

The Boone County Fire Protection District had several vehicles at the scene after receiving a mutual aid call. The call went out as a house fire but the house was obscured from a reporter's view by trees.

No one was hurt, including a dog, but the house was a total loss, said Cooper County Fire Protection District Chief David Gehm.

"The lady that lives in this house was making Crab Ragoons, and she was frying some things in the skillet on the stove and one of her dogs ran off," said Gehm. "She went after and forgot the stove, and caught the house and it was an A-frame so they're notorious for burning very quickly." 

"He was in the house and the flames are shooting clear through the second story. So there's no way we thought he was alive," said homeowner Kathy Lowery. "And he, this guy (Gehm) got him out, although he was calling him piggy, and his name is Biggie, I don't care I'll take it."

Lowery added that she's "not thrilled to have every single thing long gone," but said she is grateful for the first responders and the communities response.

"Just how kind everybody's been, the firefighters, they even gave this little guy oxygen, just so kinds and they had a little kit and stuff, and just so kind," said Lowery.

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