Royal Oak firefighters save dog from house fire

By: Sarah Wojcik | Royal Oak Review | Published October 9, 2018

 Firefighters rescued an 8-year-old Australian shepherd and extinguished a fire at a home in the 700 block of East Third Street around 8 a.m. Oct. 9.

Firefighters rescued an 8-year-old Australian shepherd and extinguished a fire at a home in the 700 block of East Third Street around 8 a.m. Oct. 9.

Photo by Sarah Wojcik

ROYAL OAK — Royal Oak firefighters rescued a dog from a smoky upstairs bedroom and extinguished a blaze at a home in the 700 block of East Third Street during the morning Oct. 9.

Sgt. Chris Lippo, of the Royal Oak Fire Department, said fire personnel were dispatched to the scene at approximately 7:51 a.m. for reports of smoke coming from a window. The Fire Department quenched the fire, which officials believe originated in the kitchen, at approximately 8:09 a.m., Lippo said.

Upon arrival, he said, firefighters discovered flames engulfing the kitchen area and some of the stairway, as well as smoke throughout the house.

“It was a tough fire from our standpoint, just because (of) the amount of combustibles,” he said. “The conditions were difficult.”

Lippo said he discovered the homeowner’s dog, an 8-year-old Australian shepherd, in an upstairs bedroom. He said he lifted the dog, which was unable to walk, and transferred it to another firefighter to be taken out of the home.

“(The dog) had been breathing a lot of smoke. (She) was kind of wiggling and moving a bit when I found (her),” he said. “We got (her) outside and gave (her) oxygen with a pet mask.”

He said the homeowner was not home when firefighters arrived, but police were able to get hold of her and she returned to the scene while first responders were present.

Lippo said animal control, along with a firefighter, transported the dog to an emergency veterinarian in Madison Heights.

The source of the fire is still unknown, pending the results of the fire marshal’s investigation, which Lippo said could take up to a couple of days.

“Per the amount of damage, I wouldn’t think you could live in the house at this point,” he said.