Hungry East Lancs dog sets house on fire after stealing chicken from cooker

Bankhouse Street, Barrowford

Bankhouse Street, Barrowford

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A HUNGRY dog caused a devastating fire when he jumped up at the cooker to steal some chicken.

Billy, a large Rhodesian Ridgeback, got into the kitchen while his owner was asleep on her settee in Bankhouse Street, Barrowford, early yesterday.

The woman, who did not want to be named, was only alerted to the raging fire when her 15-year-old ‘hero’ son raised the alarm and the fire brigade was called at 12.53am.

Earlier in the day, she had cooked some chicken which was left on the side near the cooker.

When Billy jumped up to get the meat, he clambered over the electric hob and switched on one of the cooker rings. That heated cookware left nearby and sparked the fire.

The woman, who lives with her husband and two children and had fallen asleep while watching television, said: “It’s just so embarrassing and you just feel so stupid.

“But you never think that something like this is going to happen and I never, ever thought my kitchen would go up in flames because of my dog.

“He’ll just do anything for food. We were really lucky to have made it out and it could have been a lot worse.

“My 15-year-old son came downstairs and saw what was happening and woke me up.

“He’s a hero really because if he hadn’t have done that, anything could have happened.

“We ran outside and called the fire brigade and they were here right away.”

The woman was taken to hospital and treated for a minor burn on her finger, caused when she touched the kitchen door, and checked for any signs of carbon monoxide poisoning.

The blaze almost completely destroyed the newly-decorated kitchen and smoke damaged the rest of the house.

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9:40am Mon 30 Jun 14

vicn1956 says...

Hot dog.
Hot dog. vicn1956
  • Score: 11

1:56pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Benpupdog says...

In future FEED THE DOG.
In future FEED THE DOG. Benpupdog
  • Score: 5

4:12pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Izanears says...

Well I'll be doggoned!
Well I'll be doggoned! Izanears
  • Score: 1

4:14pm Mon 30 Jun 14

It's a spade! says...

Are you sure it was the dog?

Looking at the time of the incident, wasn't it possible that she came in after a night out, turned on the cooker, then fell asleep? Or fell asleep after drinking a few cans of Special Brew while watching the telly?

It's happened before! Unfortunately the dog id the only one who knows the truth and he's not talking.
Are you sure it was the dog? Looking at the time of the incident, wasn't it possible that she came in after a night out, turned on the cooker, then fell asleep? Or fell asleep after drinking a few cans of Special Brew while watching the telly? It's happened before! Unfortunately the dog id the only one who knows the truth and he's not talking. It's a spade!
  • Score: 9

4:35pm Mon 30 Jun 14

HelmshoreMan2010 says...

It's a spade! wrote:
Are you sure it was the dog?

Looking at the time of the incident, wasn't it possible that she came in after a night out, turned on the cooker, then fell asleep? Or fell asleep after drinking a few cans of Special Brew while watching the telly?

It's happened before! Unfortunately the dog id the only one who knows the truth and he's not talking.
Usually I would be on the same fence for this one but lets be honest, if she was going to make up a story to hide a drunken munch session she would have thought of a less embarrassing one than this. I would rather admit drunken cooking than crazy dog ha!
[quote][p][bold]It's a spade![/bold] wrote: Are you sure it was the dog? Looking at the time of the incident, wasn't it possible that she came in after a night out, turned on the cooker, then fell asleep? Or fell asleep after drinking a few cans of Special Brew while watching the telly? It's happened before! Unfortunately the dog id the only one who knows the truth and he's not talking.[/p][/quote]Usually I would be on the same fence for this one but lets be honest, if she was going to make up a story to hide a drunken munch session she would have thought of a less embarrassing one than this. I would rather admit drunken cooking than crazy dog ha! HelmshoreMan2010
  • Score: -2

4:38pm Mon 30 Jun 14

K7****7 says...

This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets.
If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners.
This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets. If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners. K7****7
  • Score: -18

4:51pm Mon 30 Jun 14

darwenTower says...

K7****7 wrote:
This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets.
If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners.
Dogs only nick food when they are starving?

Might be the daftest thing i've read on here, congratulations.
[quote][p][bold]K7****7[/bold] wrote: This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets. If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners.[/p][/quote]Dogs only nick food when they are starving? Might be the daftest thing i've read on here, congratulations. darwenTower
  • Score: 23

5:48pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Charlotte. says...

Before you start throwing accusations around I know the family very well and none of your stupid stories are true. The dog is a very healthy and well looked after animal. If you owned a dog you would know they eat until they would explode if given the chance. And eat anything lying around un-attended. The 'woman' was not 'drunk' on special brew. They are a lovely family. Who look eachother and especially their pets and have just gone through a tragic accident where they are seriously lucky to be alive. Accidents happen, are you all perfect? Think before you comment because you actually have no idea on the incident. They didn't even want their story publicising so your horrible WRONG comments are uncalled for.
Before you start throwing accusations around I know the family very well and none of your stupid stories are true. The dog is a very healthy and well looked after animal. If you owned a dog you would know they eat until they would explode if given the chance. And eat anything lying around un-attended. The 'woman' was not 'drunk' on special brew. They are a lovely family. Who look eachother and especially their pets and have just gone through a tragic accident where they are seriously lucky to be alive. Accidents happen, are you all perfect? Think before you comment because you actually have no idea on the incident. They didn't even want their story publicising so your horrible WRONG comments are uncalled for. Charlotte.
  • Score: 19

8:07pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Catty girl says...

I agree with Charlotte no need for the comments just glad no one was hurt ! And I bet the chicken does not get left out again! Lol
I agree with Charlotte no need for the comments just glad no one was hurt ! And I bet the chicken does not get left out again! Lol Catty girl
  • Score: 3

8:29pm Mon 30 Jun 14

JUST MOANING says...

I see there in no mention of a SMOKE ALARM, Thankfully they are all safe.
I see there in no mention of a SMOKE ALARM, Thankfully they are all safe. JUST MOANING
  • Score: 7

9:47pm Mon 30 Jun 14

desperatelyneedsajob says...

There's some idiots on here
There's some idiots on here desperatelyneedsajob
  • Score: 2

11:42pm Mon 30 Jun 14

Malthus says...

Who on Earth needs a Rhodesian Ridgeback in Lancashire? As far as I am aware there do not seem to many lion hunts in the country.
Who on Earth needs a Rhodesian Ridgeback in Lancashire? As far as I am aware there do not seem to many lion hunts in the country. Malthus
  • Score: 2

5:29am Tue 1 Jul 14

Ronnietate says...

It says here that she got a burn when she touched the kitchen door. Was the kitchen door locked and the dog still in the kitchen, I sure hope not. Please tell us, was the dog OK?
It says here that she got a burn when she touched the kitchen door. Was the kitchen door locked and the dog still in the kitchen, I sure hope not. Please tell us, was the dog OK? Ronnietate
  • Score: 5

7:40am Tue 1 Jul 14

Charlotte. says...

She burnt her hand trying to get something that was on fire out of the kitchen. The door was open. Billy is absolutely fine just in the bad books.
She burnt her hand trying to get something that was on fire out of the kitchen. The door was open. Billy is absolutely fine just in the bad books. Charlotte.
  • Score: 3

8:17am Tue 1 Jul 14

HelmshoreBoy says...

K7****7 wrote:
This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets.
If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners.
The RSPCA are a waste of space. They have become too political to bother with minor instances like this.
[quote][p][bold]K7****7[/bold] wrote: This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets. If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners.[/p][/quote]The RSPCA are a waste of space. They have become too political to bother with minor instances like this. HelmshoreBoy
  • Score: 1

10:09am Tue 1 Jul 14

Handford27 says...

Some of u people are horrid!! I was the 15 year old son to find the fire and to hear some of u blaming it on my mum and dad trying to hide them cooking mid night food it is horrible, the dog is known to have done it before when they has been food, the kitchen door were open and it was the chip pan on fire so my mum got the burn when she try's to put it out of the house to stop the fire from getting even worse. The fire alarm was working and my mum was next to it in all the smoke but she could not hear it because smoke is known to make you tired and sleep more.

and to hear some of u idiots people saying that we do not feed the dog well we do and the dogs are very well looked after u do not know what has gone on and u are just jumping conclusions. My mum and dad and rest of us did not want it publishing because of u kind of people jumping conclusions and the news paper added a lot of this stuff because my mum did not say this much she only said about 3/4 of this writing so u people who are jumping conclusions think again of what u are saying and making the matters worse. And as my dad say to me when I am butting into conversations but out but heads u do not know what has gone on!!!
Some of u people are horrid!! I was the 15 year old son to find the fire and to hear some of u blaming it on my mum and dad trying to hide them cooking mid night food it is horrible, the dog is known to have done it before when they has been food, the kitchen door were open and it was the chip pan on fire so my mum got the burn when she try's to put it out of the house to stop the fire from getting even worse. The fire alarm was working and my mum was next to it in all the smoke but she could not hear it because smoke is known to make you tired and sleep more. and to hear some of u idiots people saying that we do not feed the dog well we do and the dogs are very well looked after u do not know what has gone on and u are just jumping conclusions. My mum and dad and rest of us did not want it publishing because of u kind of people jumping conclusions and the news paper added a lot of this stuff because my mum did not say this much she only said about 3/4 of this writing so u people who are jumping conclusions think again of what u are saying and making the matters worse. And as my dad say to me when I am butting into conversations but out but heads u do not know what has gone on!!! Handford27
  • Score: 9

11:39am Tue 1 Jul 14

Jimbok says...

K7****7 wrote:
This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets.
If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners.
You know nothing about dogs, we can safely assume
[quote][p][bold]K7****7[/bold] wrote: This is a case for the RSPCA, obviously the dog is starving and the owners should be imprisoned and banned for life from having pets. If the RSPCA need donations from people then they need to clamp down and be more harsh on owners.[/p][/quote]You know nothing about dogs, we can safely assume Jimbok
  • Score: 3

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