Trembling Chihuahua Rescued from Smoky Lowell Fire

May 21, 2018 GMT

LOWELL -- As smoke poured out the windows of Diana Gabin’s home on Albion Street, she stood on the sidewalk nearby with tears in her eyes holding her dog Princess.

Not only was she upset with the damage to her residence, located on the first floor of the two-family structure at 37 Albion St., but her other dog was still missing inside the burning apartment.

Gabin was not home at the time the blaze was reported to emergency crews shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday. She arrived shortly after to see Lowell firefighters battling the fire.

Ebony Seriam used to live in the second-floor apartment of the Albion Street building. It’s a space currently vacant, she said. Seriam rushed to the structure after receiving a call from a nearby resident saying there was smoke coming from the home.

“Even though I moved from here, I love my neighbors,” she said while standing outside the structure on Sunday.

Seriam and many other neighbors consoled Gabin as they waited to see if her missing dog, China, was going to be found.

After nearly an hour of uncertainty, a firefighter emerged from the home holding her missing chihuahua. The dog had been hiding underneath a bed, the firefighter told a tearful Gabin.

“I’m just glad my babies are OK,” she said while embracing her trembling dog.

Fire Chief Jeffrey Winward said the fire was the result of unattended cooking.

“The fire got inside the walls and went up to the second floor and ran across the length of the building and into both units,” Winward said.

Winward added Gabin and her three children will have to leave the residence due to fire, smoke and water damage to the structure.

“Red Cross is on scene and is assisting the victims,” the chief said. “Also, the Salvation Army is on scene providing food and water for the firefighters.”

Crews were still on scene dealing with the remnants of the fire at around 7:45 p.m.

Trinity Ambulance and the Tyngsboro Fire Department also assisted.

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