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Firefighters Resuscitate Dog Following House Fire

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IFD firefighters rescued a dog from a house fire on the city's south side Wednesday afternoon.

Capt. Rita Reith (RITE) says crews were called to the home in the 7300 block of Sandalwood Drive, near Southport Road and Meridian Street, shortly before 3:00 p.m. and found smoke and fire showing from the home.  The fire was reported under control in about ten minutes.

No one was at home at the time of the fire but firefighters found a ten-year-old dog named Rocky unresponsive on the floor of the homeowner's bedroom.  Rocky was taken to a paramedic firefighter waiting outside who tried to intubate him but was unsuccessful because of Rocky's gag reflex, which he said was a good thing.  That caused Rocky cough up black liquid from his lungs, allowing him to breathe.

Firefighters then used a Project Breathe Mask on the dog to give him oxygen.  Rocky was taken to a nearby veterinarian.  

Investigators believe the fire was caused by a possible overload of electrical cords.  Damage to the home was estimated at $40,000.

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