Houston County firefighters rescued a dog and lizard Monday night from a burning home at 300 Lakota Court.
Firefighter Danny Evans, the department’s public information officer, said he performed “mouth to snout” on the small dog after it stopped breathing. Firefighter Michael Anderson also administered oxygen to the dog.
“I say it’s pretty common,” Evans said of pet rescues. “People start hollering for their pets just like they do if kids are in there.”
Sometimes, firefighters are successful in saving pets, Evans said. Other times, the pets have already succumbed to smoke inhalation, often hiding when the fire starts, he said.
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While firefighters were able to save the dog and lizard, which was in an aquarium, the family’s cat and bird had already perished, Evans said.
The 7:27 p.m. fire was contained to the kitchen area but caused smoke damage throughout the home, Evans said.The cause may have been an electrical panel, but the fire remains under investigation, he said.