Wisconsin woman dies in fire after trying to rescue pet ferrets

A Kenosha County woman died today after running back inside her burning apartment to rescue her pet ferrets. Full Story
Rother Machine

Saint Cloud, MN

#2 Nov 11, 2008
Sad story... but it never ceases to amaze me at the wierd Wisconsin related stories that are on this website. I've said it a hundred times... only in WI!
Anne

Saint Paul, MN

#3 Nov 11, 2008
I would run back in to save my cats and dog. I have to admit I think my mind would not let me stay safe. They are like my kids and parents do anything to save their kids.
So no not just in WI.
Rother Machine

Saint Cloud, MN

#6 Nov 11, 2008
I too own a dog, and he is an awesome buddy... but he's a dog. He's not a child, and contrary to the movie, dogs don't go to heaven. And he certainly isn't a rat, I mean ferret.(ICK!)
John

Radisson, WI

#7 Nov 11, 2008
Rother Machine wrote:
Sad story... but it never ceases to amaze me at the wierd Wisconsin related stories that are on this website. I've said it a hundred times... only in WI!
^-- ignorant fool. only in minnesota :D

Since: May 08

Phoenix, AZ

#8 Nov 11, 2008
Did the ferret's survive?
This Is Different

Eau Claire, WI

#9 Nov 11, 2008
Anne wrote:
I would run back in to save my cats and dog. I have to admit I think my mind would not let me stay safe. They are like my kids and parents do anything to save their kids.
So no not just in WI.
So how interesting was your relationship with your children's Dad?? How did you ever get things to work out??? Isn't this quite abit like the guy having relations with a deer, only on a smaller scale?? Don't those little animals scratch when they are held that way?? WOW!! Way too weird!!!
Deb

Minneapolis, MN

#10 Nov 11, 2008
Rother Machine wrote:
I too own a dog, and he is an awesome buddy... but he's a dog. He's not a child, and contrary to the movie, dogs don't go to heaven. And he certainly isn't a rat, I mean ferret.(ICK!)
He may be just a dog (or cat or ferret.....) but he's also a living, breathing, feeling animal. I couldn't stand outside a burning building knowing my beloved pets were inside.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#11 Nov 11, 2008
Rother Machine wrote:
Sad story... but it never ceases to amaze me at the wierd Wisconsin related stories that are on this website. I've said it a hundred times... only in WI!

My thoughts as well.

Naturally, the first question is why she didn't bring the ferrets when she came down the first time. Wonder if there was a point when she was struggling to breathe when she started thinking "maybe I should have left the ferrets...."

I think people who haven't been educated in fire safety don't realize the smoke--or even hot air--kills you long before the flames do.

I wonder how many folks who love their pets 'like children' have ever had kids. I never could understand that until I had kids of my own.

Here is the test--if a child dies, you never lose the pain for the rest of your life. If a dog dies, you cry a lot and get another dog.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Nov 11, 2008
Well, except for Mr. Bojangles: "His dog up and died, up and died, after 20 years he still grieves..."*

* Pop culture reference...
Sense

Duluth, MN

#13 Nov 11, 2008
Deb wrote:
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He may be just a dog (or cat or ferret.....) but he's also a living, breathing, feeling animal. I couldn't stand outside a burning building knowing my beloved pets were inside.
Then you too would die just like this woman....for an animal.
Tell me, would you go into a burning building to rescue someone else's child, or just your pets?
City woman

Minneapolis, MN

#14 Nov 11, 2008
We have two dogs and a cat. I adore them. Soon, we'll have to put our very old dog down, and I'll be heartbroken. If our home was on fire, I would be a wreck, and I would want to go inside to save them - but I can't imagine doing it unless I felt incredibly confident that I could get back out safely....and how can you ever know that? I'd probably always feel guilty that I couldn't save them, though.

But I do wonder if the woman really knew her life was at risk. She probably ran in thinking she'd be able to get them out - would she really have done it if she knew the odds of dying were high?
And theyre Equal

Eau Claire, WI

#15 Nov 11, 2008
Sense wrote:
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Then you too would die just like this woman....for an animal.
Tell me, would you go into a burning building to rescue someone else's child, or just your pets?
WOW!!! Way too Much!! And they are to be treated as equals?????????? Go into a burning building to rescue ferrets and freely kill human babies, quite an oxymoron.
Country woman

Bryan, TX

#16 Nov 11, 2008
She probably had no intention of dying when she went back in to get her pets and did not realize the smoke would get her killed. She was probably just thinking that those were her babies and they needed her help to get out. Why she left them to begin with I don't know.

It was a stupid thing to do but maybe she had no children and that was her only family.

In any case people just do not always think rationally when they are running on adrenaline and emotion. May she rest in peace whether her ferrets are with her are not.

P.S. the person who says animals don't go to heaven, how would you know this, I guess you have gone there already and found "Lassie" not there? Is it written in the Bible somewhere that they don't go anywhere after they die? Just curious.
Laurie

Westwood, NJ

#18 Nov 15, 2008
P T Bull wrote:
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If a dog dies, you cry a lot and get another dog.
According to your theory, you can also just have another kid...but its not the same kid, is it? Maybe pets are simply replaceable to you, but they are not to me. I could get another ferret, but it is another ferret altogether. Not a replacement.
P T Bull

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Nov 16, 2008
Laurie wrote:
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According to your theory, you can also just have another kid...but its not the same kid, is it? Maybe pets are simply replaceable to you, but they are not to me. I could get another ferret, but it is another ferret altogether. Not a replacement.

Do you have any human children?

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