MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - The quick thinking and fast response of one Shelby County deputy saved the lives of two dogs when they became trapped in a burning home.
Shelby County Sheriff's Office said Patrol Deputy Tartt discovered a house fire in the 7200 block of Peppermill Lane on Wednesday, March 30 at 5 p.m. After calling for Shelby County Fire, the deputy began checking the home to see if anyone was inside.
"Instead of voices, the deputy heard barking coming from inside the residence, and no one was home. Thinking fast, the deputy forced entry into the home and began searching for the dogs and any people that may have been inside," the Sheriff's Office reported.
The deputy discovered there were two dogs hiding under the bed. After the deputy grabbed one of the dogs, the other dog ran into the backyard.
Shelby County Fire Public Information Officer Brent Perkins said firefighters from stations 62 and 63 aided in the rescue of the two dogs.
Shelby County Fire extinguished the house fire and both dogs were able to be returned to the homeowners safely.
Officials believe the fire was the result of a lightning strike.