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Pet rescued and no reported injuries after DuBois apartment complex fire

By: Lauren Hensley

DUBOIS, Pa. -- Ten apartments along the 100 block of East Par Avenue in DuBois, Clearfield County, went up in flames Saturday afternoon.

Katrina Mosley and Brett Ross were both at work when they heard their apartment was on fire, and rushed home saying they could only think about their beloved pet turtle, Gir.

"I didn't think there was any way [he'd be alive] because of how the flames were rolling by," Mosley said.

"He doesn't have a big water container he can crawl in, so I was afraid the smoke and fire would get to him," Ross said.

The turtle's fate seemed sealed and it was with a heavy heart the two started to mourn the loss of their pet. But, the unbelievable did happen, when a firefighter emerged from the smoke with Gir.

"Oh my," Mosley said as she dialed the number to reach Ross to let him know their pet was alive. "He is alive," she said.

The young couple said firefighters went above and beyond to put out the fire and rescue Gir. The good news didn't end there either, as everyone from the building had been accounted for.

"As far as we know everyone is out. Some are down at the fire hall, and some had family come and get them," said Rhonda Blose, the landlord of the complex. "But I just feel so sorry for everyone who has lost everything. I really care for these people and I am really glad that they are safe."

There is no word on the cause of the fire but it remains under investigation.

The general manager of the Homewood Suites by Hilton in DuBois did reach out to our news crews to help those displaced by the fire. According to the general manager, Angela Stewart, those who need a place to stay are welcome at the hotel at no charge for the weekend.

To contact to hotel call, 814-503-8944.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times