Fresno firefighters save dog from house fire


A family’s dog is alive thanks to Fresno firefighters.

They saved the unconscious animal from a burning home Friday night. It happened on Huntington Boulevard and Eleventh Street in Southeast Fresno.

A firefighter’s helmet camera caught the rescue. 

Besides a cough from inhaling smoke the dog, Scrappy, is back to his old self. 

According to firefighters the call came in around 10:40 p.m. Friday. No people were home but crews found the dog unconscious inside.

“The guys brought the animal out put him on the front yard started working him using some of the equipment we had on scene,” Brian Price a battalion chief at the Fresno Fire Department said. Monday. 

The department is equipped with special oxygen masks just for animals.

“This allows us to give high flow oxygen via the oxygen we have on board our engines here to the actual animals. This fits right over their nose,” Price said. 

He said the masks are used more than some may think — about once a month — and on more species than some may think, as well.

“Either on a dog or a cat, we did actually have an iguana a few days ago,” Price said. 

After several minutes of oxygen the pup started coming to. His owners said Scrappy is being treated for bronchitis from the smoke, besides that, he’s doing great. 

“A lot of the times when we see fires there are so many tragic stories. It’s so encouraging to take a minute to see something that has such a positive outcome,” Price said. 

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