Three people escape house fire in South Bend with assistance from firefighters

Three people beat a number of obstacles and escaped a fire that started at a house around ten Friday morning.

It happened in the 3-hundred block of East Dubail. That's at the corner of Dubail and Clyde Street.

Just before ten Friday morning the South Bend Fire Department was called out to a house that's divided into apartments. There were about a eight trucks that responded where flames were coming out of two windows.

Three adults were on the porch and fleeing when firefighters arrived.

One person was in a wheelchair and needed assistance getting off of the porch. Another woman had to be convinced to leave the scene after trying to save her pets.

“Passerbys were trying to help them out of their house,” says Beatrice Padtron. “They didn't want to leave out of the house. They wanted to save all of their animals and the firefighters had to get the woman out because she just kept screaming out for her animals.”

Three dogs did die in the fire including a Chihuahua and two large mixed breeds. South Bend Animal Control was called to the scene to help.

Two people were taken to the hospital for evaluation. One man is now recovering from burns to his hands.

Investigators have yet to determine the cause but were on the scene Friday morning looking through the rummage.

Three children that live at the house were away at school and are ok.

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