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Dog jumps out of window to escape Pennsylvania house fire


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A dog jumped to safety through an upstairs window amid a house fire in Berks County, Pennsylvania on Wednesday.

In video taken by eyewitness Justin Steinmetz, a dog can be heard crying as people call out to him and tell him to jump out of a window left open.

The dog is then seen jumping to the ground.

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Steinmetz told a local Fox News outlet that he first saw the fire on his way to work around 8 a.m. Wednesday.

He then knocked on the neighbor’s door, telling them to call 911 before trying to put out the fire with the garden hose, quickly realizing it wasn’t going to work.

“I hope the dog is out,” he reportedly said.

A dog was later rescued through the front door. But another dog can be heard crying and was seen trying to escape through an upstairs window.

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A Berks County, Pennsylvania dog escaped from a burning house by jumping out of a window.
(Steinmetz Family Farms)

With encouragement from neighbors, the dog finally made the scary leap to safety with visible burn marks on its back.

“Oh, he’s burnt,” a neighbor reportedly said.

The dog is recovering at a local veterinary hospital.

Two cats were also in the house at the time of the fire, including one later found and rescued from a lower level of the house.

A cat is still missing.

It is not known where the family was during the fire or what caused the fire.

A GoFundMe page has been created for the family.

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“Our hearts are broken for the Stump family,” the page reads. “We are very grateful that they are well, but we are painfully aware that their lives will be significantly affected by the devastating fire at their house today.”

More than $39,500 has so far been raised for the Pennsylvania family.


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