German Shepherd puppy rescued from residential fire

- The Polk County Board of County Commissioners reports that a German Shepherd puppy was saved by Polk County firefighters before one home was destroyed and another heavily damaged Tuesday afternoon in the Inwood neighborhood ner Winter Haven. 

Officials say that Polk Fire Rescue crews were called to 205 Westwood Avenue Northwest at about 2:09 p.m. in reference to an outside fire at the home. No one was home at either residence. 

Upon arrival, crews say they found a home that was about 50% involved and a neighboring home on Westwood Avenue that was in danger of the flames and heat.

Crews reportedly began fighting the fire and were able to save one of the two homes. The house on Westwood Avenue was already destroyed by the time crews arrived.

During a search of the second home for victims, the crew said that they found a puppy and saved it from the fire. 

Officials say the Winter Haven and Auburndale fire departments also provided assistance.

They also said that the owners of the properties are still being determined. The cause of the fire is unknown at this time will be forwarded to the State Fire Marshal's Office. Red Cross also has been notified to provide assistance to those living in the homes.

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