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Firefighters rescue pets from basement fire, revive one dog using CPR

New Hampshire Union Leader

January 11. 2018 9:30PM
These images show the pets rescued from a Manchester fire on Thursday night, In the top photo, firefighters are shown giving CPR to a Corgi. (PHOTOS BY JEFF HASTINGS)

MANCHESTER — City firefighters rescued two dogs and one cat — reviving one Corgi using CPR before transporting the animals via ambulance to a veterinary clinic — from a basement fire in a home on Taylor Street Thursday afternoon.

According to Manchester District Fire Chief James Michael, firefighters responded to a single family home at 165 Taylor Street around 4:35 p.m. Thursday to investigate a report of a possible fire.

“There was no one home at the house,” said Michael. “It was reported by a passerby who called after seeing heavy smoke coming from the home. Once we got inside, it looked like it had been going for a while.”

As firefighters were busy knocking down the flames in the basement, additional fire crews began searching for three pets inside the home — two dogs and a cat.

“One dog and a cat were affected by the smoke,” said Michael. “Another dog, a Corgi, he was revived through CPR, and then we actually transported all three by ambulance to the Veterinary Emergency Center for treatment.”

The cat was initially unresponsive, but became alert after being administered oxygen, said Michael.

Firefighters work on a basement fire at 165 Taylor St. in Manchester on Thursday. (THOMAS ROY/Union Leader)

Mary Wiley, a veterinary technician at the clinic on Abby Road in Manchester, said all three pets were brought to her facility for treatment.

“One dog, a black Lab, will be able to go home with the homeowner tonight,” said Wiley. “The Corgi and the cat require additional oxygen and will need to stay overnight, but all three are doing well and will survive. They should be fine.”

According to Michael, the fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damages to the home. As of 7:30 p.m. Thursday a cause had yet to be determined. No other injuries were reported.

According to Wiley, Manchester firefighters often transport animals injured in fires or traffic accidents to her clinic via ambulance.

“They do such a great job getting them here as fast as they can,” said Wiley. “They are trained to administer air to them, and they work on them on the way here.” 

VIDEO from Jeff Hastings: Manchester firefighters rescue the pets: 

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