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Updated: 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013 | Posted: 3:06 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
ROBINSON TOWNSHIP, Pa. —
Homeowners and several animals safely escaped from a fire at a home that doubles as a kennel Wednesday morning in Robinson Township.
Authorities said crews were called to Rusty and Earl Cromer’s home on Steubenville Pike around 5 a.m. and quickly brought the flames under control.
The man and woman told Channel 11 News that they woke up, realized their house was on fire and got all eight of the animals out.
“That’s what we do -- animals first,” Earl Cromer said.
The homeowners were treated at the scene for smoke inhalation. None of the animals were injured.
“We’re not heroes. We just did what we thought we should do,” Rusty Cromer said. “We’re very fortunate and God certainly took care of us.”
The Cromers, who have been in business about 40 years, said the blaze will likely keep Merlyn Kennels closed for at least six to nine months.
“It takes more than that to keep us down. This is what we love to do and I’ve been doing it too long,” Rusty Cromer said.
The American Red Cross said it’s assisting two adults with food.
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