Fire destroys home in Odessa, pets survive

ODESSA -- A fire tore through an Odessa home Monday afternoon, but the homeowners are counting their blessings.

Sarabeth Blea was visiting her mother at the hospital when she got the call that her home was on fire.

“When I got the call I was trying to get here as safe and as fast as I could. I was thinking, my dogs, my dogs,” she said.

This isn’t the first fire Blea’s experienced. Her boutique also had a fire. But this one was different, because her dogs were there with no doggy door to escape.

“This happening to me is like that, but worse. Because my pets live here. And I love my pets, they mean the world to me,” she said.

Blea’s four service dogs were trapped inside the walls of the home her family’s owner for four generations.

“Chloe and Zoe won’t go to anybody but me. So thank God I got here in time, with the help of everybody else,” she said.

While smoke billowed from the home, and firefighters battled the flames, two of her Maltipoos were found hiding in their dog carriers.

“One of them was actually crushed by the roof, and she had... I’m sorry, just this mess on her and wet,” she said.

And her older dog Daisy was also found alive in her bed.

As for her fourth pet, he was discovered by OFR.

“We found this little guy hanging out in one of the bedrooms underneath the bed. Pulled him out, didn’t know if he was alive or not, brought him out and our paramedics Davis and Waite went ahead and gave him some oxygen, brought him back,” Captain Moody said.

Smokey pulled through. And even though Blea doesn’t have a home to go back to, she’s counting her blessings.

“I’m left with this, but I’m ok with it. Because my pets and my family are alright,” she said.

Blea said her four dogs are recovering well. The family has insurance on their home, and plan to rebuild.

The homeowner also thanked her neighbors and brave firefighters who helped save her family.