Sunday, July 4, 2010

Puppy rescued from fire in Norfolk's Ocean View

By Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot

A dog was rescued and then revived after a fire at a two-story residence in Ocean View Sunday night.
Shortly before 10 p.m. firefighters were called to the duplex in the 9200 block of Coleman Ave., and though there was no fire showing from the outside of the structure, witnesses in the first-floor residence reported smelling smoke, said Battalion Chief Harry Worley, a spokesman for Norfolk fire. When firefighters entered the second floor, they found a fire and a pit bull puppy that was inside a kennel cage.
The puppy was rescued and a pet mask used to give the animal oxygen. The dog’s condition had improved, Worley said.
Within an hour the fire was under control. There was extensive smoke damage throughout the duplex and moderate water and fire damage. Four to six adults were displaced and the Red Cross was called to help them find a place to stay.

Update July 5, 2010 3:41pm - The following article is from WTKR:
Dog saved by pet oxygen mask during Ocean View fire

Around 10 p.m. last night on Coleman Ave. in Ocean View, firefighters arrived to find a dog locked inside a kennel still inside a duplex as smoke and fire spread throughout. Officials say the Norfolk Sheriff's Department found marijuana plants growing inside the home.

There is no word on the homeowner's name or charges.

Ashleigh Koestler thought her neighbor's dog was gone. "I thought it was dead," she said.

Norfolk firefighters pulled the pit-bull from his kennel and began working on him, using a life-saving oxygen mask specifically designed for pets. After 10 minutes, the dog started to come around.

Today, the dog was said to be doing just fine.

Norfolk firefighters are crediting the pet-oxygen masks with saving the lives of many pets since they started using them about a year and a half ago. The kits, all donated by private citizens, are now on just about every Norfolk fire and medical unit.

The Norfolk Fire Department is still looking for people who want to donate the pet-oxygen masks. Each tax-deductible donation of $70 includes a kit with a variety of masks in different sizes


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