Bonnie Chapman, daughter of Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman and the late Beth Chapman, is grieving after losing her home, most of her belongings, and beloved pets after a house fire.
Chapman, 24, told ET that she was at work on Tuesday (April 25) when she got the call that the home she was renting in Fishersville, Virginia, was on fire. She left work and rushed home only to find that the home she shares with her boyfriend, Ismael, and most of their belongings were gone.
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In addition, her pets, including a dog, three cats, a gecko and a snake, died in the fire.
“What’s even more heartbreaking is that I also lost my six beloved pets: Merlyn, Plum, Azriel, Nyssa, Sophie, and Stokley. Their beautiful souls brought joy, love and meaning into my life, and I am deeply grieving their loss,” she shared.
Chapman also thanked the Augusta County Fire Department for their response to the fire and their attempt to save her animals.
“Their incredible care, compassion, and professionalism truly amazed me. They arrived in less than five minutes after receiving the first emergency call, and they even attempted to resuscitate my pets after rescuing them from the burning home,” Bonnie said. “The firefighters took great care to respect my pets and demonstrated heroic efforts to save them.”
In an emotional video shared with TMZ, Chapman said that she was able to save some of the photos and belongings of her late mother.
“I was able to salvage the ashes I have of my mother. That was one of my main worries,” Bonnie shared.
Chapman plans to honor her pets with cremation rings or commissioned portraits so she can “keep them with me at all times.”
“My oldest cat, Plum, she was my mother’s favorite,” Bonnie shared through tears. “I hope that my mom is really happy to have Plum with her – because that cat helped her through everything. Every time my mother would do something wrong she came home to Plum and she loved on her. And I hope my mom finds comfort with my animals. That’s all I can hope for.”
Watch Bonnie Chapman’s tearful interview with TMZ below and see photos of her home HERE.