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.