PARMA, Ohio - The Parma Fire Department rescued a homeowner and three of the family's dogs from a smoky house fire early Saturday morning.
Several companies were called out to the 2700 block of Lincoln Avenue at around 2:46 a.m. and saw heavy smoke and flames coming from the home.
They were informed that one person, several family dogs and possibly a cat were inside the home.
One neighbor, Dee Nemeth said she was concerned for the family, "The one little girl looked at me and said her step daddy was trapped in the basement with lots of flames."
Nemeth tells Fox 8 that she got the children blankets and tried to keep them calm as firefighters made their way into the home.
The firefighters rushed into the home and rescued the father, Branden Behney. He was treated at the scene by paramedics.
Behney said if it weren't for the Parma firefighters there was no hope for survival; the smoke was so thick he couldn't see how to escape. But, the firefighters managed to find him and helped him safely outside.
They also rescued three dogs from the burning structure. One of the pups needed to be resuscitated. Engine Company 1 was able to save the dog, and he regained consciousness.
The location and condition of the cat remain unknown.
Nemeth, who watched the whole thing from her front porch, couldn't be more proud of her city's fire department.
"I think they're well trained. They did a good job last night. They kept everybody safe," Nemeth said.
Behney said the cause of the fire is still being investigated, but he believes it may have stemmed from an electrical issue with the basement refrigerator.
The fire, which spread to the second floor attic of the house, caused over $100-thousand in damage.