Puppy caught in house fire survives, adopted by firefighter

MEDFORD, Ore. – A puppy that burned in a Curry County house fire three weeks ago finds a new home on Sunday (3/24/2024) with a firefighter.

The puppy, now named ‘Smoky,’ was caught in a Brookings house fire that burned to the ground. One of the responding fire marshals called up the South Coast Humane Society about this 16-pound puppy.

Smoky survived the fire despite some drastic burns, most notably on his back and paws. After weeks of intensive care, wound management, skin removal, recovery and lots of love, a firefighter from Coos Bay took Smoky home.

Now Smoky is partnering with his new owner to be an advocate for the ‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ presentations in school districts.

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Maximus Osburn is a reporter for NBC5 News. He studied at California State University-Northridge, graduating with a degree in Broadcasting. Maximus is an avid martial arts enthusiast and combat sports fan. He even traveled to Thailand to train with martial arts experts. Maximus loves movies, nature, and doing things outside his comfort zone, like swimming in sub-freezing lakes in the winter.
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