The critter was found and reunited with its worried owners Saturday at a home on Snickersville Turnpike in Aldie, Virginia.
By the time fire and rescue crews arrived, the family of four had already gotten out safely, according to the professional firefighters union IAFF Local 3756.
But poor Pebbles was still inside and rescuers were called into action. It was not immediately known if Pebbles was seriously injured. But he appeared fairly alert in a post-rescue photo posted on social media. No one was injured in the incident.
Several additional tankers were needed to help put the fire out because of the rural location and the subfreezing conditions. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
It was not the only animal rescue over the weekend for the Loudoun County firefighters. They also donned ice rescue suits and went into a pond to save a goose near Dulles International Airport.
The goose had become “stuck on top of a frozen pond,” rescuers said, either because it was injured or sick. It was not known what happened to the goose after it was freed.
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