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Dog rescued from Deer Park house fire

The Deer Park Fire Department carry a dog

The Deer Park Fire Department carry a dog they found while responding to a house fire on Old Country Road. (Nov. 6, 2013) Credit: Brian Thomas

A hound mix named DiDi was rescued and revived by firefighters responding to a Deer Park blaze Wednesday, officials said Thursday.

"Most of the time animals are the ones to save people," but this time emergency responders were the ones to save the dog, said John Giammarino, Deer Park fire chief.

Responding to a call at around 6 p.m., firefighters found no one else at the Old Country Road home, broke down a door to get inside and discovered the dog, who was lethargic, experiencing rapid heartbeat and breathing heavily, he said. Assistant Chief Anthony Biolsi carried the dog outside, with EMS responders administering oxygen to the animal across the street, Giammarino said.

The dog was first taken to Deer Park Animal Hospital, where she received more oxygen and a bath, a receptionist said, and then was taken to the Veterinary Medical Center of Long Island in West Islip.

The family who lived in the house couldn't be reached.

Giammarino said Thursday he heard unoffically that the dog was doing fine. A medical center veterinarian declined to comment, citing the dog owner's wishes.

It took around 40 minutes to control the fire, which damaged a bedroom and hallway, and threw off "a lot of heat," Giammarino said. The cause is unknown for now.

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