Family Dog Dies in Fire at Rochester Residence
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - The Rochester Fire Department responded to a residential fire Saturday afternoon in southwest Rochester that resulted in the death of the family dog.
RFD was dispatched to a home in the 6100 block of Pointe Dr. around 1:45 p.m. to a report of a fire on the main floor of a residence, with a dog still possibly still inside.
Crews arrived to find smoke coming from the front door and immediately entered the home to put out the fire. Once more firefighters arrived at the scene, they began a primary search of the residence. The first arriving crew extinguished a fire in the kitchen, and then placed a fan in the front door to ventilate smoke and heat out of an open window.
While on the second floor of the residence, the primary search team located a dog and took the dog outside where firefighters began life-saving efforts. The efforts were unsuccessful.
Crews continued to check for other fires in the structure, but none were found.
RFD said there was significant smoke and fire damage in the kitchen, and some light damage throughout the residence. One person was checked by Mayo Clinic Ambulance for smoke inhalation.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.
RFD also noted that they are saddened by the unfortunate passing of the residents’ pet dog and that the fire department carries life-saving equipment that is designed and used on animals including oxygen masks designed to fit cats and dogs. This equipment was deployed by firefighters in this instance.