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Family's dog survives house fire, being hit by car in one week

Dachsund being treated at veterinary hospital

Posted: August 12, 2012 - 12:03am  |  Updated: August 12, 2012 - 9:10am
James Mims kisses his 7-year-old Dachshund, Chip, as Gold Cross EMT Mike Wheeler gives the dog oxygen. Chip was inside the Mims' home Tuesday when a fire broke out, but came out when firefighters extinguished the blaze. A day later, Chip was hit by a car and is now is being treated.  Photo by Jenna Martin
Photo by Jenna Martin
James Mims kisses his 7-year-old Dachshund, Chip, as Gold Cross EMT Mike Wheeler gives the dog oxygen. Chip was inside the Mims' home Tuesday when a fire broke out, but came out when firefighters extinguished the blaze. A day later, Chip was hit by a car and is now is being treated.

 

The Mims family was overwhelmed with emotion Tuesday when they were reunited with their 7-year-old Dachshund that had been stuck inside their Martinez home when a fire broke out in a back bathroom.

They had no idea, however, that less than 24 hours later they’d be frantically worried about their pet once more.

No one, except for Chip the Dachshund, was inside the one-story brick home on the 300 block of Deerwood Court when Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue responded to the fire, said Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann.

With Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue crews battling heavy smoke and fire in the rear of the house, Chip remained unaccounted for.

Not long after firefighters extinguished the flames, Chip trotted out the front door.

A Gold Cross EMT used a pet oxygen mask on the dog, which appeared only to be shaken up.

“Everything else can be replaced,” homeowner Jennifer Mims said. “He can’t be.”

The cause of the fire remains under investigation, Kuhlmann said.

The fire badly damaged much of the house.

On Wednesday, Mims’ 18-year-old daughter took her cousin to the McDonald’s at Columbia and South Belair roads. As the two girls went inside, Chip waited in the backseat with the vehicle’s windows rolled down.

When they returned, Chip was missing, Mims said.

Mims’ husband was driving near the fast food restaurant later that night, when he saw blue lights and soon found out that Chip had been hit by a vehicle in front of Sonic.

“He’s pretty messed up right now,” Mims said of the dog, who sustained a broken ankle and several scrapes. “It’s been a complete nightmare this week.”

Chip was taken to Highland Animal Hospital, Mims said, where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Mims said Chip likely just needs “time to heal and be back with his family.”

“That’s all we want right now,” she said.

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Jms123

Is anyone else even slightly

Is anyone else even slightly concerned that they left their dog in a car?? It probably wouldn't be too hot if all four windows were rolled all the way down but who leaves a small dog in a car with the widows rolled all the way down?? They kind of asked for this because that was a really dumb decision! You were at McDonald's for god's sake..use the drive-through if your dog is in the car!

BBSouth

Thankful

I am thankful that Chip is alright, and I do feel bad for the family. I must agree it was very poor judgement for the daughter to leave him in the car. Windows up, it's too hot. Windows down there's the chance that the animal may jump out, or someone may take your dog. Hope Chip makes a speedy recovery.

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