Quick thinking firefighter saves dog from burning house

Fire crews rescued a South Bend dog from a burning building Saturday evening .

It happened just before 7 p.m. in the 800 block of N. Huey St.

Firefighters from Engine 7 were dragging a hose line inside the two story wood frame home when they heard a dog yelping in a first floor bedroom.

"As we were working our way up, someone said they heard a dog whining and I just bolted in one of the doors and the dog was hiding in clothes," said engineer Chris Cox of the South Bend Fire Department. "I just picked him up and he was kind of lifeless at that moment. I then brought him out and started doing compressions on him and then handed him over to the paramedics to see if they could revive him."

Paramedics did close to three minutes of compressions until the dog, believed to be a Chihuahua mix, started moving again.

"He was kind of lifeless, barely moving and as soon as I picked him up, he stopped whining. I kind of thought the worst, but you never know so I just brought him out and hoped for the best," Cox added.

The dog's name is unknown because his owner was not home at the time of the fire.

The fire sparked in a second floor bathroom and caused $11,000 in damage. Investigators believe the cause of the fire was electrical in nature.


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