After a late night watching the Eagles-Cowboys game and an early morning taking his daughter to school, Stonewall Drive resident Scott Eisenlohr wanted to catch a quick nap Monday morning, Dec. 3.
However, his nap was interrupted by the sound of a smoke detector and a fire in his home.
"My home phone wasn't working, so I had to grab my cell phone and call 9-1-1," Eisenlohr said. " ... The smoke was so thick, I couldn't continue to be in there."
Eisenlohr had to leave his home without shoes on and without his cat. Once Galloway Police and fire departments from Bayview, Oceanville and Pomona arrived, they were able to find and rescue Eisenlohr's cat, Abby. According to Galloway Fire Chief Ron Garbutt, Oceanville volunteer firefighter Tom Grentz rescued Abby.
Police and fire officials reported to the scene just before 9 a.m., and the fire was extinguished by 10 a.m. No injuries were reported, and the official cause remains under investigation. According to Garbutt and Eisenlohr, the fire began in the basement, in the vicinity of a storage bench with power tools on it.
The home sustained significant damage downstairs and smoke damage upstairs. Eisenlohr, his wife and his daughter wouldn't be able to return to their home on Monday, but will be able to return at some point.