Emergency crews saved three dogs Thursday that had been trapped inside a burning Union area home.
Union Fire Protection District Chief Russ Hamilton said an adult dog and two puppies were located by firemen under a collapsed roof. The puppies were resuscitated by Union Ambulance personnel using canine oxygen masks.
Firefighters were dispatched to 388 Baucky Meadow Drive about 5:20 p.m. for a report of a home that was fully engulfed in flames, Hamilton said.
“Within a few minutes there was a structural collapse of roof into the home,” he said.
The home is located near Highway BB and Judith Spring Road. Beaufort-Leslie and Washington fire crews provided mutual aid.
Hamilton explained that firefighters knocked down the fire and then began to search the residence for the three family pets.
“They (residents) were able to give a good description of where the pets were located,” he said. “We breached through an exterior wall of the home and located the dog kennel where all three dogs were.”
Hamilton explained that the adult dog was breathing, but the two puppies were not breathing when they were removed from the home.
He said the pets were taken to safety and a Union ambulance crew used canine oxygen masks to revive the animals.
“They hooked them up to oxygen and delivered oxygen to the two puppies,” Hamilton said. “Within 1 1/2 to 2 minutes they started breathing on their own,” Hamilton said.
The dogs were left with the residents for them to watch over.
“They lost everything and for us to be able to retrieve pets, it was a good feeling,” said Hamilton. “When it’s all said and done they have nothing. but still have their pets.”
The canine masks had been donated to the district a few years ago.
“It was rewarding to us to know that some of that donated equipment was utilized,” he added. “It was a great thing for EMS and fire to change gears from just saving people to saving their pets.”