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Warren Co. man bursts into burning house to save neighbor’s dog

·1 min read

One man went above and beyond his neighborly duties to save a dog from a burning house.

Mike Richter was the first to notice his neighbors’ Lebanon home had caught fire following a lightning strike, our news partners at WCPO report.

“I saw a rush of flames in that window and thought, this is really bad,” Richter said.

After calling 911, Richter called his neighbors who were out celebrating their daughter’s birthday.

They told Richter that the family’s dog, Piper, was still inside the house.

“He called me and said you gotta get Piper out of the house. Ran around to the garage door, the power wasn’t on,” Richter said. “He called me and said you gotta get Piper out of the house. Ran around to the garage door, the power wasn’t on,” Richter said. “He told me to bust down the front door, and I did.”

>> Man saved by neighbors, displaced after fire in Enon

Carmen Scalfaro said he is grateful for his neighbor’s selfless action.

“Can’t say enough, really aren’t words we can express to him or to all the first responders,” Scalfaro said.

The home was destroyed by the fire.

The home can be replaced, Scalfaro said, but what can’t be is Piper.

“She was just as excited to see me as I was to see her,” Scalfaro said. “She jumped on me, and the rest of the night and honestly since she’s been stuck to our hip.”

The fire brought the neighbors together.

“Before this, Mike was my neighbor and friend,” said Jodie Scalfaro. “Now he’s my brother.” Jodie Scalfaro said.