Hatfield family desperate to find dog who fled during house fire
PUBLISHED: 15:48 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 13:48 28 November 2017
A devastated Hatfield family are searching for their missing dog who ran away frightened after their boiler blew up causing extensive damage to their home.
Jodie Howe, 14, of Coopers Green Lane, and her family have been out searching for the white and tan Jack Russell called Digger, since he went missing.
At around 7.10am on Saturday Jodie awoke to the sound of her uncle shouting and to the strong smell of smoke.
The Onslow St Audrey’s pupil sprinted downstairs to discover that the kitchen and stables were ablaze.
Jodie said: “Our dogs were in the house and I had to let them out but there wasn’t enough time for me to close the outside gate leading to the main road.”
All four dogs ran out into the road to escape the smoke and fire but only three returned when Jodie called their names.
Jodie added: “Digger stopped and looked at me but then there was another loud bang and he carried on running.
“We have been searching everywhere for him.
“I miss him so much, he’s my best friend.”
Around 15 firefighters and two fire engines tackled the blaze.
The fire, which is being investigated, is believed to have been caused either by the boiler exploding or an electrical fault.
It ripped through the kitchen and the families stables - a mere few minutes after the Shetland ponies were let out.
Gill Howe, 61, said: “We don’t care about our home - that can be replaced - but Digger can’t.
“We just want him home safe.”
The family are keen to get Digger back for Jodie after the youngster has already lost two pets this year.
In January Jodie’s Jack Russell called Floss, whom she has had all her life, lost his battle against cancer.
Jodie also had to say goodbye to her horse Perrie earlier in the year after she became ill and died.
Jodie added: “The firefighters got here real quick and even returned later in the day to check that everything was okay.”
Digger is just 11 months old and is incredibly friendly around people.
It is thought by his vet that he could be hiding somewhere such as a garage, shed, or another location where he feels safe.
Please keep your eye out for the little fella and call one of the following numbers if you find or spot him.
• Jodie’s grandmother Gill - 07745525432
• Jodie’s mum Jenny - 07849103110
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