Firefighters Save Puppy After Fayetteville House Fire

Posted December 16, 2007 4:26 p.m. EST
Updated December 18, 2007 5:16 p.m. EST

— 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.