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Kalamazoo woman remembers dog, begins rebuilding after losing house in fire
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A dramatic rescue Saturday night in Kalamazoo as a man rushes inside a burning home to rescue his neighbor's dogs.
This is all that's left of a home that sits on the 14 hundred block of Palmer Ave. It was Ray Ampey who saw the flames coming from his neighbor's house around 10:30 Saturday night and rushed to rescue her two dogs.
"One of my friends actually kicked the door in and we tried to crawl in, after we pulled the first dog out we tried to crawl inside to get the other one, but the flames and smoke were too bad," Ampey says.
Ampey then called his neighbor, Amy Shon to tell her the bad news. "I really thought it was a joke, and when they told me they busted the door in to save the animals, I knew it was real," Shon says.
She says she left her house to watch the Michigan-Notre Dame game and was only gone 45 minutes. Shon suspects the front porch light may have started an electrical fire. Now Shon tells us it's hard looking at what's left of the house she's lived in for the last 10 years. "Just your whole life watching it go up in flames," she says.
Now Shon must rebuild her life with the one dog that survived while she mourns the loss of her other one.
"Her name is Kaja. She was about to have a birthday. She was going to be 3, she was a rescue. Got her when she was 4 months and she had been a total blessing," Shon says.
Now Shon tells Newschannel 3 the next step for her is getting through today.
Those who would like to help Amy Shon get back on her feet may donate to an account being set up at OMNI Community Credit Union called "Shon Rebuild."