Roseville firefighters saved pets from a condo fire on Utica Oaks Lane Sept. 27.

Roseville firefighters saved pets from a condo fire on Utica Oaks Lane Sept. 27.

Photo by Brian Louwers

Pets saved from condo fire in Roseville

By: Brian Louwers | Roseville - Eastpointe Eastsider | Published October 1, 2021


ROSEVILLE — Two cats and a dog were plucked from danger by firefighters responding to a blaze at a condo in Roseville Sept. 27.

Roseville Fire Chief Brian Kanigowski said crews from both city fire stations were dispatched to an address on Utica Oaks Lane, near Utica and Common roads, at 5:50 p.m.

“How it started on the exterior is still under investigation by the fire marshal,” Kanigowski said.

He said firefighters saw smoke and flames on the outside of the building upon arrival and were quickly able to get the fire under control.

“We had a quick knockdown on this fire. It got into the soffits, into the attic portion,” Kanigowski said. “It was quickly extinguished, thank goodness. Rapid response is so important in the fire service, as you know.”

The search and rescue team that entered the building located the cats and a dog.

“They were treated at the scene. They were released to their owners, with the recommendation to get treated at the vet,” Kanigowski said.

The fire was confined to one building, and two units suffered most of the damage. The investigation into both cause and origin was still open Sept. 29.

No humans were inside the building when the fire broke out.

“In the Roseville Fire Department, our priority is of course on life safety, humans first, animals second, but we do care about animals in this town,” Kanigowski said. “When they go in there with their cameras, they’re looking for animals and humans. They’re looking for any living being. They’ll snatch them out.”

Roseville received mutual aid from the St. Clair Shores Fire Department during the response.