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Published March 03, 2010, 08:20 AM

Family rescues pets from burning home

Enderlin, ND (WDAY TV) - A rural Enderlin, North Dakota family tonight is looking for a new place to live after a midnight fire swept through their home. Dave and Laurie Geyer were still up when they smelled smoke and noticed the roof on fire. Firefighters believe it started near the chimney.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

Today family and friends gathered at the Geyer home to try and salvage some belongings. It was tough for firefighters to get to the scene because of nearly impassable roads from recent snows. The Geyers were able to get out of the house in time, but not until the rescued 14-dogs and three cats from the home.

They Geyers show and breed "Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retrievers." Strangers nearby took in the dogs as the family struggled with the loss of their home.

Jodi Hansen of rural Kindred is used to boarding dogs and cats.

“Just not in the wee hours of the morning.”

It was the Sandhills Equine Center and Pet Boarding that took in all 14-dogs from the Geyer fire overnight. The Hansen family treated the show dogs like royalty. Playing with them, taking good care of the champion retrievers in the Geyer's time of need.

“That is who we need to be, always. You have to do what you can for people in need.”

And this morning, it did not take long before Laurie Geyer made the trip over to check on her 14-friends. A reunion. She recalls the story of discovering the fire and acting quickly to get them out.

“They all live in the house with us. And so what we did was open the doors and got all the dogs out first and then got them in the car.”

Herding them outside and then realizing the house was up in flames.

“Just dealing with what we lost and what we didn't.”

And for the Geyers, there is the loss of the house, but a realization of what is still here.

“I like my stuff and the family mementos, we will live without it. It is not important once you keep the living things.”

Friends and family have worked to set up a benefit account for the Geyers. Donations are being accepted at all Cornerstone Banks.