SANTA MONICA—Firefighters from the Santa Monica Fire Department helped rescue a dog from a fire that occurred on Tuesday, March 20.
According to the SMFD Facebook page, the fire was reported at 4:05 pm, where officials received multiple 911 calls for a report of a structure fire at 1857 7th Street. The first Fire Department Engine Company arrived on scene at 4:10 p.m., 4 minutes and 45 seconds after the initial 911 call, and found a one-story apartment building, with a growing fire in one apartment unit.
Engine Company Firefighters performed an aggressive interior fire attack, while Truck Company Firefighters placed ladders and ascended to the roof to cut a ventilation opening to allocate for the release of smoke and fire gasses. The fire was contained to the kitchen and storage room region of the apartment, stopping potential damage to other units in the building.
During the fire, firefighters discovered an unresponsive dog that was overcome by heat and smoke. The dog was pulled from the structure not breathing and without a pulse. Firefighters performed “CPR” and provided oxygen through “Pet Oxygen Masks,” a standard piece of equipment that all Santa Monica Fire Department units carry.
After 20 minutes, the dog started to breathe on its own and regained consciousness, and was able to walk around. With the help of neighbors, the dog was transported to a local animal hospital for further care. A total of 23 firefighters stopped the fire in 10 minutes. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported during the incident. The Santa Monica Chapter of the Red Cross assisted with one displaced occupant. Santa Monica Fire Department Investigators are still investigating the exact cause of the fire.