A GoFundMe crowd funding page was created by community members looking to support a disabled military veteran whose four dogs were rescued from a house fire in Purcellville on Monday.

The dogs were discovered by Loudoun County firefighters at a home in the Village Case neighborhood on Pipers Brook Drive as rescue crews worked to put out an active kitchen fire at approximately 2:40 p.m. on Monday, according to a press release from Loudoun County Combined Fire and Rescue Services.

According to the release, the dogs were initially given medical care by personnel on scene, which included oxygen, after which Loudoun County Animal Services staff assisted and coordinated additional veterinary services for the dogs.

The home is owned by retired U.S. Army Sergeant Vainuupo Avegalio — also known as AV — who was the recipient of HeroHomes Loudoun’s custom-built house last spring. HeroHomes is a 501©3 not for profit foundation established to build houses for disabled veterans and their families, according to their website.

HeroHomes co-founder Jason Brownell told the Times-Mirror he is grateful for the fire and rescue members who helped save the dogs, who remain in “guarded condition” at a local veterinary hospital.

“Those dogs are everything to [Avegalio],” Brownell said.

According to Brownell, Avegalio was not at home at the time of the fire, however he had left to do some errands just minutes before the fire started.

“We will be helping him,” Brownell said. “However, the vet bills are already estimated at $28,000 and could be higher.”

“This was probably the worst scene for a severe PTSD victim to walk into and see his dogs laying there,” he said.

There were no injuries to civilians or first responders, and the home was equipped with working smoke alarms, which were sounding when fire and rescue units arrived.

The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office investigation determined the fire to be accidental, due to an appliance malfunction on a kitchen countertop. Damages to the residence were estimated at $158,400.

“The fire department and volunteers were beyond incredible as well as the surrounding community. Watching them work to save the four dogs was amazing,” Brownell said.

For more information, visit the GoFundMe page.

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