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Dog rescued in Medford fire, cat dies

Firefighters were able to rescue a family's pet

Firefighters were able to rescue a family's pet dog and, working with Suffolk County police officers and Medford paramedics, revived the dog on the home's front lawn. The residents were not at home at the time of the fire. (June 5, 2013) Photo Credit: Robert Garofalo

Medford firefighters were making the standard sweep of an unoccupied burning home Wednesday to make sure no one was trapped inside when they found the homeowners' pet dog and cat, officials said.

Both animals were brought out of the burning building, officials said, and the dog was revived, but the cat had died.

Medford Fire Chief Bill Hart said about 25 firefighters from the Medford, North Patchogue and Gordon Heights fire departments responded about 1:50 p.m. to the blaze on Lollypine Lane.

"No one was home at the time," Hart said. "During the search for people, we stumbled across the dog, so it was its lucky day.

"The dog was dragged out .?.?. in a state of severe respiratory distress," he said. "The cat was found underneath the dog .?.?. The cat was brought out also, but the cat was deceased."

Responders, including several Suffolk police officers, and a neighbor, who is a veterinary technician, worked on the large dog, and revived that animal, Hart said.

The one-story home had severe fire damage throughout, its roof collapsed, and an adjacent home sustained heat damage to its aluminum siding, before the blaze could be brought under control, about an hour after the initial alarm, Hart said.

The property owners came home while the firefighters were still fighting the blaze, Hart said, and were happy to have their dog alive. They took the animal to a veterinarian for treatment. "The dog is doing fine," Hart said, but, "unfortunately they lost their house."

The cause of the fire is unknown, Hart said. The fire marshal and Suffolk police arson squad plan to investigate, he said.

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