Lisbon man who lost nearly a dozen dogs in apartment fire tried to save them

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Eight people are without a home after an apartment fire in Lisbon early Sunday morning.

The 208-year-old building on Market Street is now considered a total loss.

Richard Parrish, one of the people who lived in the building, had to climb to safety from his second-story apartment. On Monday, he was still in disbelief.

Parrish, along with others who lived in the building, were back on Monday, hoping to find some belongings that are salvageable.

“We pretty much lost everything up in there. Everything,” Parrish said.

He did find several clothing items that were still usable but that doesn’t make up for the loss of his 11 dogs — all gone in the fire.

“It’s hurting my girlfriend real bad on it and me, too, because I was trying to get my other Rottweiler that was pregnant out. I had her halfway but the flames made her stay right next to me.”

Parrish was able to save one of his dogs.

Serenity’s Way is a business next door to the building. Owner Elaine Iler said she found out about the fire on Facebook.

“My whole life flashed before my eyes. This is my business, I worked hard for this.”

She is thankful her business didn’t suffer major damage.

“Actually, we were very blessed. The fire department responded quickly, they got it under control quickly. Their training and stuff is what saved this block and saved the business,” Iler said.

Ruth and Dan Brown own the building. They were also at the scene on Monday but didn’t want to talk on camera. They did say it’s a sad day.

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