Resident rescues 7 dogs from a fire

Photo by Joyce Ervin.
Photographed is Milan resident, Christopher Ellsworth, who rescued seven dogs from a house fire.

By Joyce Ervin

While driving through the West Willow neighborhood in Ypsilanti, Milan resident Christopher Ellsworth, saw smoke coming from a house. At first, he thought it might have been a leaf burning that had gone bad.  He circled around and noticed there was more smoke than previously.
It didn’t take him long to swing into action.  He approached the house and heard barking.  Lots of thoughts went through his mind, but he knew he had to do something. “I would want my animals out in such a situation,” he said.
Thinking he might be arrested, he decided he would do the responsible thing and began to tear down a section of fence that blocked the doorway.  Once past the fence, he was preparing to kick in the door, when a neighbor approached and saw an unlocked window.
Ellsworth climbed through the window and rescued seven dogs he found in the living room.  “Small dogs he said, like dachshunds and one that looked like a poodle. He said they didn’t want to leave the house. 
He picked one up and had it under his arm and reached for another that was on the couch growling at him. He got ahold of that one, but the dog got even and urinated on him.  Ellsworth took it all in stride laughing about the accident and got the dogs outside.
Fortunately, a neighbor came forth and said she was familiar with the dogs and would take them across the street to her house.  This came as a great relief to Ellsworth, as he didn’t want to lose any of them and wasn’t sure what to do with them.
Eventually, the fire department arrived and searched the house further, Ellsworth said,  “I thought I would speak with someone and let them know about the dogs, but the firefighters went straight to work and put out the fire that had started in the attic.”
On social media, many are calling Ellsworth a hero.  “I’m not a hero, he said, I think God put me on that path that day, and I just did what I was raised to do; the right thing.”

Joyce Ervin is a freelance writer reporting on Milan.  She can be contacted at:  jlervin42 [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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