Firefighters extinguish a blaze at a home in the 1500 block of Red Run Drive, near 12 Mile and North Campbell roads, March 2. The house incurred significant smoke damage.

Firefighters extinguish a blaze at a home in the 1500 block of Red Run Drive, near 12 Mile and North Campbell roads, March 2. The house incurred significant smoke damage.

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Royal Oak firefighters save 3 dogs from house fire

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published March 4, 2021

 A Royal Oak firefighter carries out one of three dogs rescued from a house fire in the 1500 block of Red Run Drive, near 12 Mile and North Campbell roads.

A Royal Oak firefighter carries out one of three dogs rescued from a house fire in the 1500 block of Red Run Drive, near 12 Mile and North Campbell roads.

 Royal Oak first responders gather around and administer oxygen to a dog rescued from a house fire in the 1500 block of Red Run Drive, near 12 Mile and North Campbell roads.

Royal Oak first responders gather around and administer oxygen to a dog rescued from a house fire in the 1500 block of Red Run Drive, near 12 Mile and North Campbell roads.

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ROYAL OAK — At approximately 11:40 a.m. March 2, a neighbor alerted first responders to smoke issuing from the back side of a home in the 1500 block of Red Run Drive, near 12 Mile and North Campbell roads.

Royal Oak Assistant Fire Chief Jim Cook said the two brothers who lived in the house were not home at the time, so firefighters made entry and located the fire, which investigators believe originated in the kitchen.

Fire personnel also located three dogs on a couch in the living room, Cook said, and brought them outside.

“There were three dogs — a small, medium and large dog,” he said. “The dogs were very lethargic. They had taken in a lot of smoke, although it was not quite to where they were. It was about 2 feet above them on the couch.”

Cook said firefighters administered oxygen to the dogs and the larger two dogs began coming around, but they called animal control to transport the smaller dog to an emergency veterinary clinic in Madison Heights. He did not know the status of the smaller dog as of press time.

“I personally think the dogs are going to be fine. The other two came around. By the end of the time we were there, they were doing much better, just hanging out with the cops and watching everything,” he said.

Cook said first responders had to cut a hole in the roof to extinguish flames that found their way up the walls and into the attic area. He said crews had a hard time locating flames in the knee walls, which are used to support rafters in the roof.

“The kitchen area was toward the back of the house. It did fairly extensive damage to the kitchen area, and there was a ton of smoke damage in the house,” he said. “I don’t know that (the house is) a total loss. The fire was contained to one room.”

The main issue, he said, was the significant amount of smoke damage from burning plastic and wood elements of the home.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, he said.

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