Firefighters rescue dog as home next door burns

A fire gutted a house on Chestnut Street in Salisbury on Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported, and the house was believed to be vacant. The side of a home next door also caught fire, but the flames were extinguished before they spread. Karissa Minn/Salisbury Post
A fire gutted a house on Chestnut Street in Salisbury on Friday afternoon. No injuries were reported, and the house was believed to be vacant. The side of a home next door also caught fire, but the flames were extinguished before they spread. Karissa Minn/Salisbury Post

Investigators are looking into the cause of a fire that gutted a vacant house at 214 Chestnut St. on Friday afternoon.

No one is believed to have been living in the two-story house, but the roof collapsed and the side of a neighboring house was damaged.


Firefighters rescued a small dog named Mimi from the home next door at 216 Chestnut St. They carried the dog out in a crate to her worried owner, Diane Abram.

There were no reports of injuries from the fire, which was called in to 911 around 4 p.m. Friday.

Terry Smith, Salisbury city fire marshal, said Friday that investigators were still working to determine a cause.

The property owner has not been named. Fire and police officials said the owner was not living in the house, and there were no tenants.

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