A local man is being called "courageous" after a Nov. 24 residential fire displaced a family of three and their seven cats.
According to a press release from Dawson County Emergency Services Chief Danny Thompson, at 9:12 a.m. Nov. 24, emergency personnel responded to a reported structure fire at 109 Richmond Drive in Dawsonville.
Upon arrival units encountered a single-family dwelling with heavy flames showing from the garage area. The release states that personnel began controlling the blaze while other arriving units worked to ensure all occupants were out of the structure.
"Dawson County personnel were able to locate and rescue seven felines from the structure," the release reads.
The release also states that prior to the arrival of emergency personnel, a neighbor identified as Ken Goines assisted the family of three in getting out of the house safely.
"This is a courageous act by Mr. Goines, for placing himself in harms way to ensure the safety of others," the release states.
There were no reported injuries from civilians or emergency personnel. All rescued pets were transported to Dawsonville Animal Hospital.
The incident is being investigated by the Dawson County Fire Marshall's Office and the cause is undetermined at this time.