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Huntington firefighters save dogs from burning house

April 1, 2019

HUNTINGTON — Quick action by the Huntington Fire Department saved two dogs at a burning home just off of Charleston Avenue on Sunday morning.

HFD was called out to a fire just after 10:30 a.m. at a home along Cypress Street, which is a side street of Charleston Avenue. Five firefighters on the first crew entered the burning single-story home and pulled out a cage with two dogs, and carried out another dog that could not be revived.

HFD Deputy Chief Justin Antle said the department was able to utilize the newly acquired pet oxygen masks to save the two dogs from a front room that was burning.

“One dog became responsive here, and is good, and we just got word that the other one is responsive at the animal hospital,” Antle said. “We tried to revive another dog, a bigger dog, a boxer, but couldn’t.”

No one was home at the time of the fire which is still under investigation by the fire marshal. The homeowner, who wished to not be identified, said he and his wife had lived in the house since 2016. He said that Sunday was their one-year wedding anniversary.

Antle praised HFD’s quick response and action.

“It was a good, quick knockdown from the first crew,” said Antle of the two trucks and five-man crew.

In all, four HFD trucks and 14 firefighters responded to the scene in Huntington’s Fairfield East community.