KEYSER - A weekend trailer fire on Limestone Road displaced a family and their five pets - two of which had to be revived with oxygen.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - A weekend trailer fire on Limestone Road displaced a family and their five pets  - two of which had to be revived with oxygen.
A spokesman for the Keyser Volunteer Fire Department said the mobile home located at 88 Oak Hill Trailer Court on Limestone sustained damage to the kitchen area during the 7:31 p.m. blaze.
“It was called in by a neighbor, who saw smoke,” KVFD member David Harman told the News Tribune.
“The first units arrived on the scene at 7:38 p.m. and they had to break down the door to get in,” he said, noting that the occupants - Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Brookman - were not at home at the time.
“It was a quick knockdown,” Harman said of the fire, noting that it apparently started on the kitchen counter, near some small appliances.
“We don’t have any reason to believe it was anything other than accidental,” he said.
The Brookmans arrived while firefighters were battling the blaze and informed them that they had four dogs and a cat inside.
According to Harman, firefighters found one dog which they thought had perished in the fire, and a second one that was “breathing, but not real well.”
Firefighters administered oxygen to the two pets and were able to revive them.
“The other two dogs were alright; they just really wanted out of there,” he said. The cat was discovered hiding behind the toilet and it, too, seemed to be ok.
The two injured pets were taken to Mountainview Veterinary Clinic, who were called to the scene along with animal control officer Melissa Kidwell. The dogs were kept 48 hours for observation and are now housed, along with the other three pets, at the dog pound until their family can either get back home or find a more permanent place to stay.
Estimated damages to the home was $8,000.
In addition to Keyser, the New Creek, Fountain, Tri-Towns (Piedmont) and Potomac (Westernport) fire departments responded to the scene, along with Keyser EMS. Burlington was placed on standby.
There were no injuries reported as a result of the fire.