Ottawa woman killed trying to save dog from fire

Doug Hempstead, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 9:38 PM ET

OTTAWA - In a final act of love, Nancy Price died trying to save the soul who relied on her most of all -- her blind, 17-year-old Dalmatian, Damien.

The pair were found together in the burned-out second-floor of her Penny Dr. townhouse.

Nothing in this world could keep Price, 56, from running back into her burning home to try and save the helpless pet. She doted on Damien, they took daily trips to Bruce Pit and she even included him and her other dog, a German shepherd, in the Christmas photo she sent to friends and neighbours.

The fire broke out around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Initially, Price was safe outside, but two people tried their best to keep her going back inside to rescue Damien. One of them, Breezy Vezina, was feeling pretty bad about it -- her spirits lifted a little by all the neighbours assuring her there was nothing more she could have done.


A woman died Wednesday night when she ran back into her burning townhouse in an attempt to save one of her two dogs. (DOUG HEMPSTEAD/ QMI AGENCY)

"She was a good lady," Vezina said, staring down at the top of a picnic table. "I busted the door open. She seemed a little confused. I grabbed her and got her out of the house, but she slipped out of my hands and was shouting -- my dog, my dog."

Dressed in gray shorts and a tank top, Price ran back into the home, where flames quickly spread.

The next part is what haunts Vezina -- the main floor ceiling collapsing in a blast, and the sound of Price's screams.

"I tried to go back in after her, but the flames came at me," she said. "She always said she wanted to pass away with him."


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