TWIN FALLS — Smoke was so thick Thursday afternoon it was difficult to see which house was on fire on Hidden Trail Lane.
Homeowner Ryan Johnson was at work when the neighbor called him just before 5 p.m. with the news that his home at 452 Hidden Trail was engulfed in flames. Minutes later, Johnson’s Dodge pickup came skidding to a stop behind police cars blocking the intersection. By then, his wife, Becky, was waiting for him. No one was inside the house.
The nearly hysterical Johnson collapsed to his knees as a Twin Falls cop tackled him to keep him from entering the home.
“My dogs are in there!” he screamed.
Choking smoke poured from the burning home as firefighters pulled two dogs from the rear of the house.
Spartacus, a five-year-old Gladiator Dane, and Boss, a year-old boxer, were near the back door of the house, but refused to leave — until rescuers finally enlisted Johnson’s help. A crowd of neighbors gathered on the street gave a collective sigh of relief when the two dogs appeared in the front yard.
Becky Johnson broke into tears of joy at the sight. Others ran for water to give the dogs a drink. The dogs appeared to be uninjured.
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An hour after the 911 call came in, the smoke had cleared as firefighters from Twin Falls and Filer dowsed hot spots in the home, flames still erupting on the roof.
Battalion Chief Brian Cunningham said he would have more information after the investigation is complete.
Magic Valley Paramedics also responded.