Young boy reunited with guide dog feared killed in house fire

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NEW CASTLE, Pa. - Channel 11 News was there Tuesday as a young boy was reunited with his guide dog after fire tore through their New Castle home.

Chase, 6, who has a form of autism, has been teamed up with Trooper for three years now.

But when the family went grocery shopping Monday afternoon and returned home to find their house on fire, they feared the worse for Trooper.

“One of our neighbors kicked in the door and got the dog out,” Chase’s father told Channel 11’s Amy Marcinkiewicz on Tuesday.

“This dog is very important to him because he’s shy and special,” said Chase’s mother.

Channel 11 was also there as the family went to the fire station Tuesday to thank the men who saved their home and their dog.

“For that little guy (Chase) to come up and give me a hug, it’s very emotional,” said one of the firefighters.

Marcinkiewicz reported investigators believe the fire was caused by an electrical issue.