Distington house fire: Hero dog missing after warning family about fire that has killed two people

Labrador puppy Ged has not been seen since he alerted his family to a fire that ripped through a house, killing a man and child

Labrador Jed, who has been missing since the fire
Labrador Ged has been missing since alerting his family to the deadly fire

The search is on for a hero pup who alerted his family to a wildfire that killed two people.

Black Labrador Ged disappeared from his home yesterday morning (May 22) after the terraced house caught fire in Distington, West Cumbria.

Mackenzie Leder, who helps find lost dogs, has launched an appeal to reunite Ged with his heartbroken owner.

The 28-year-old said: “Ged was the hero in it. He alerted the family to the fire. We’re trying desperately to get him home.

The tragedy happened early Sunday morning at the Toll Bar Houses in the Cumbrian village of Distington. Police received a report just before 5 a.m.

A makeshift rope from trousers hangs from an upstairs window at the crime scene in Distington, Cumbria, where a 58-year-old man and 14-year-old girl died in a house fire

Officials confirmed that a 58-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl died at the scene.

Ged is understood to have fled after the fire ripped through the house and Mackenzie has launched an appeal on Facebook in hopes he will be found.

In a Facebook post, she said: “Ged the family dog ​​is sadly still missing from the fire. Please please everyone in the DISINGTON/LILLYHALL/WORKINGTON area can keep an eye out for him.

An appeal has been launched in hopes that Ged will be reunited with his heartbroken owner


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“He’ll be in survival mode and probably hiding somewhere. If you head out to see if you can see him, please keep this in mind – don’t call/yell his name, don’t follow him with cars, and please don’t make any loud or sudden movements when you spot him. Please just take a picture and note your location.

“We’ve been out all day to cover immediate areas with the pulsar and drone, but unfortunately nothing. His heartbroken owner desperately wants him back.”

The fire department said the cause of the fire is being investigated


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Anyone with information is urged to get in touch with Mackenzie, details of which can be found on her Facebook page.

After the fire, Cumbria Police released a statement saying: “Police were called at 4:47am today (22 May) with a report of a house fire at Toll Bar Houses.

“A 58-year-old man and a 14-year-old girl, both from Distington, died at the scene of the fire.

“Cumbria Police and Fire and Rescue Services are working together to investigate the possible cause of the fire.”

There was a flood of social media users online sending out their thoughts and condolences


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An outbreak erupted online, and many residents took to social media to send their thoughts to the friends and family of those affected.

Taking to Facebook, one person wrote: “Life is so cruel sometimes very sad news my heart goes out to the family who have lost loved ones.”

Cumbria Fire and Rescue Chief Fire Officer John Beard, who attended the scene, spoke to BBC Radio Cumbria this morning.

He said: “We still have crews on site at the moment and we were faced with a really serious fully developed fire on arrival so crews had to deal with a really challenging incident.

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