Firefighters Save Puppy After Fayetteville House Fire

Posted December 16, 2007
Updated December 18, 2007

— Residents escaped and a lifeless puppy was resuscitated following a house fire in Fayetteville.

The home on Wilma Street caught fire at about 6:32 a.m. Saturday. Seven fire units responded to the blaze. Two adults and three children living inside the home managed to escape but suffered smoke inhalation. They were treated on the scene by EMS personnel.

After firefighters extinguished the blaze, they found a puppy inside the burned home. The puppy appeared to not be breathing. Firefighters administered a K-9 oxygen delivery mask.

When the puppy had been on oxygen for about five minutes, his eyes opened. After about 20 minutes of oxygen, the puppy was breathing on his own and was given back to the family.

Fifteen of the cone-shaped plastic oxygen delivery masks were donated to the Fayetteville Fire Department on Oct. 22 by the Cape Fear Dog Training Club (CFDTC). 

The cause of the fire has not been released.


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  • lornadoone Dec 17, 2007

    Wow, great story. Good job, fireman! :) The life-saving technology we have these days is amazing...

  • thinkbee Dec 17, 2007

    I'm happy the puppy was saved - but it's sad the people didn't grab the poor little guy on their way out - he's family too.

  • urbizn Dec 17, 2007

    Good job Fayetville firefighters! Also to the organization that donated the K9 oxygen mask.

  • TLC2 Dec 17, 2007

    Hats off to the Fayetteville Firefighters!! Good luck to the family specially here at Christmas.

  • Joe Blow Dec 17, 2007

    Few! What a cute puppy! So glad he wasn't taken from us!

  • PlanetX Dec 17, 2007

    Yay! What a little cutie (the pup, not the fireman!). =)

  • Bromlette Dec 17, 2007

    My hero of the week!!!

  • brassy Dec 17, 2007

    What a great story. If my house ever catches fire, I would hope the firefighters would save my cats.

  • beas Dec 17, 2007

    What a wonderful story!! My hats off to the firemen! Way to go! Thanks for all you do in preserving all life! May God bless you!

  • horses and me Dec 17, 2007

    I love it... glad the little guy is ok...