Neighbour praised in Oxfordshire house fire dog rescue

A neighbour's "quick thinking" helped fire crews save a dog when a fire broke out at a home in Oxfordshire.

The man raised the alarm after seeing the fire spread through the first floor and roof space of the property in Cumnor Hill, Oxford, on Saturday.

He told crews people may have been inside and provided a key for the home, allowing crews to get inside quickly.

They rescued the family dog but no-one else was at home. The cause of the blaze is being investigated.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service crew manager Chris Hollis said: "On arrival we were met by the next-door neighbour who helped us to ascertain quickly that there may be people inside.

"This gentleman also provided us with a key to the property enabling us make entry without delay and rescue the dog.

"His quick thinking and assistance were invaluable in enabling us to tackle the fire as effectively as possible."

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