No people were injured, since no one currently lives in the house. Which brings up many questions: Why were the dogs there in the first place? Were the dogs placed there to guard the house? Were they being cared for, fed and given the opportunity to go outside? Or were they left behind when the owners or renters moved?
It is not known why the dogs were living alone in an empty house.
Although the fire does not appear to be the work of an arsonist, the Mansfield Fire Department has been called out to a rash of arson fires this year; more than 43 fires since June.
Someone is setting the vacant houses in Mansfield on fire. There may be a reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for setting the fires. Contact the Mansfield Fire Prevention Bureau at 419-755-9816 with any information.
Whether the fire on Bowman Street was intentionally set or was an accident, that does not change the fact that someone left two dogs alone in a vacant house. We will never know what breed of dogs they were. Or what they looked like, or how old they were. All we know is the dogs must have been terrified as they frantically tried to find a way out, away from the smoke and searing heat of the burning house. A house where they should never have been left alone in the first place.
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