Friday, October 17, 2014

EMS revives family pets trapped in home fire

Four family pets are recovering from injuries sustained in a blaze at a home on Butler just before 4:30 p.m. Oct. 14.

According to reports, neighbors called firefighters to report the blaze at the two-story, 1,900-square-foot home east of John R and south of Long Lake. Firefighters arrived to find dark smoke and fire showing, and they learned that two dogs and two cats were inside the home.

Firefighters entered the home to extinguish the blaze and search for residents. They determined that the residents were all safely outside the home, but the pets were still inside, said Troy Assistant Fire Chief David Roberts.

Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and fire on the second floor and started to extinguish the blaze. They then searched for the pets and found them, carrying them outside one at a time while the fire was put out, Roberts said.

It was not clear what floor of the home the fire started on or if any residents were in the home at the time the fire started, Roberts said.

Alliance Mobile Health paramedics, who arrived on the scene per standard protocol for structure fires, administered oxygen to the pets with special masks designed to fit over an animal’s nose, according to reports.

Neighbors reportedly took the animals to a veterinary clinic for treatment. Roberts said that the two dogs and two cats survived.

The Troy Fire Department was on the scene for approximately two hours. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Roberts said the home is not habitable and that the fire was confined to the home of origin.

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