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Firefighter loses house, 2 dogs while battling Pipeline Fire

One week after arriving in Arizona to assist in the Pipeline Fire, the Mississippi firefighter lost every part.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — For 13 years, Casey Cravens has battled fires and saved individuals’s properties, however on Sunday he was not in a position to save his personal.

After working a 14-hour shift within the Pipeline Fire close to Flagstaff, he discovered his RV house destroyed at his campsite on Rainbow Ranch Road.

“I built everything into that home,” Cravens stated. “I gave everything up to come out and fight fires, to travel and help, but everything was destroyed.”

The wildland firefighter’s most important concern was his two dogs, rottweilers Ali and Jr, who stayed contained in the trailer house.

“I looked around and Jr and Ali weren’t around,” he stated. “I got into the truck and started yelling for Ali, for Jr. No response.”

But Craven’s dogs had been discovered lifeless contained in the trailer hours earlier than he received there.

The Summit Fire and Medical Department responded to the scene round 1:30 p.m. on Father’s Day.

The RV trailer was exhibiting smoke, however no flames had been seen when firefighters arrived on the scene. Officials famous all the outside doorways had been checked out, which required crews to drive entry into the trailer and put out the hearth.

The explanation for the hearth continues to be underneath investigation, however Cravens has questions as to why his dogs had been trapped inside.

“I can tell you that deadbolt was not locked,” stated Cravens referencing the entrance door entrance to the trailer. “They had a way out before we left, and when we got there that deadbolt was locked.”

The Mississippi native stated he at all times left the home windows and door open for Ali and Jr when he went to work. They have traveled with him since they had been puppies.

The trio was in New Mexico serving to with the Calf Canyon, Crooks, and Hermits Peak fires, earlier than arriving in Flagstaff every week prior.

Cravens stated the native Humane Society helped get Ali and Jr get cremated, to allow them to proceed to be with him as he continues to combat fires.

“The locals here went above and beyond for us,” he stated. “I can’t thank any one of them enough. I can’t thank a single one too much. I don’t know how I would repay what they have given me.”

The non-profit Arizona Foothills 411 is within the means of getting Craven a donated trailer for him to maintain doing what he loves.

There can be a GoFundMe account set up to assist the wildland firefighter get again on his ft.

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