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Dog rescued from burning home in Highland Park

Firefighters responding to a house fire on the 6300 block of Jackson Street in Highland Park were able to rescue a Schnauzer named Spirit, according to Fire Engineering News.

The house belonged to Sheryl Dobbs, a 56-year-old retired firefighter, who left her house on March 27 to take her car to the repair shop. A wood-burning stove is assumed to be the cause of the house fire which spread from the second floor to the third.

Spirit the Schnauzer was the only one home and Dobbs was reportedly very anxious about her dog.

"I got a call saying my second floor was on fire. I was concerned about my dog. Luckily he was smart enough to go downstairs away from the flames," said Dobbs.

Firefighter Kurt Steigerwald found Spirit on the landing to the basement. When the dog growled at his rescuers, Steigerwald asked a friend of Dobbs to come in for the dog.

Firefighters received the 911 call at 8:26 p.m. and the fire was extinguished within 30 minutes.

Schnauzers come in miniature, standard and giant form. The average lifespan is about 15 years, according to DogBreedInfo.com. Schnauzers are active indoors and can be a good fit for older citizens looking for a pet.
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