Puppy saved from burning home in Winter Haven

- Polk County firefighters saved a German Shepherd puppy from a fire Tuesday afternoon.

Polk Fire Rescue says the home, on Westwood Ave. Northwest in the Inwood neighborhood near Winter Haven, was destroyed by the flames.

No one was home when the fire broke out. When crews arrived, the house was about 50 percent involved, with the home nextdoor being threatened by the flames.

With the first home approaching a total loss, crews searched the second home for signs of life before it became too dangerous to enter.  That's when Capt. Clay Hamric, Engineer Chris Lowe and Firefighter Ryan Reed found the puppy and took him to safety.

The cause of the fire was not known. The State Fire Marshal's Office would take over the investigation.

The Red Cross was notified to provide assistance to those living in the homes.

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