Several Dogs Rescued From Burning NW Dade Apartment
April 21, 2012 11:32 PM
NW MIAMI-DADE (CBS4) – Firefighters used specialized life saving equipment to give some four-legged fire victims a second chance.
Fire tore through an apartment at 6720 NW 174th Terrace Saturday afternoon. Several dogs were trapped inside when the fire broke out.
Firefighters searched the home.
“Our first priority is to see if there were any people in the apartment, so we did a search and didn’t locate anyone,” said Lt. Mitchell Perlstein of the Miami-Dade Fire Department. “A secondary search is a more comprehensive more intensive search and we found two of the dogs were next to the couch. One was removed by a neighbor and the fourth one was actually under the couch.”
Firefighters say two dogs died but three were saved thanks to pet oxygen masks. The fire department received a grant for the masks several years ago.
“They were administered oxygen on the scene and dogs are pretty resilient,” said Lt. Perlstein.
Firefighters believe the fire was electrical. The person who lives in the apartment is staying with family and friends.