Firefighters saved an unconscious dog named Scooter from a mobile home fire in the 6400 block of 201st Avenue SW in the Rochester/Grand Mound area Monday morning, according to the West Thurston Regional Fire Authority.
There were two occupants in the single-wide mobile home at the time of the fire, a man and a woman, Lt. Lanette Dyer of West Regional Fire Authority said Monday.
The man awoke about 6 a.m. to a "strange sound," and went to the bedroom where the female occupant was sleeping, Dyer said. He smelled smoke and saw fire there, and he awoke the woman and they fled outside, Dyer said.
When firefighters arrived at the scene, the occupants said they believed their dog Scooter was still inside. Dyer said crews began searching for the dog, and found her hiding under a bed. The dog appeared to be unconscious and dying.
After Fire Capt. Brian Christenson rescued the dog and brought her outside, Firefighter Kylie Kavanaugh began using a child-size "bag valve" mask, and an oxygen mask to revive Scooter, Dyer said. Within a minute Scooter began to breathe on her own. Scooter was momentarily reunited with her owner before she was taken to the hospital.
Crews quickly knocked down the fire, Dyer added. Damage was confined to the bedroom and its contents.
"The crews did an incredible job," Dyer said.
The woman who was sleeping at the time of the fire was treated at Providence St. Peter Hospital for minor burns to her legs and abrasions, Dyer said.
The rented mobile home had no smoke detectors, according to a news release.
Scooter was taken to a veterinary clinic to be checked out for smoke inhalation. Mutual Aid also responded to the fire with McLane/Black Lake Fire and Riverside Fire Authority.
The cause of the fire is under investigation.
The Red Cross has been contacted to help with temporary shelter for the family.
Dyer said Monday that the family will be struggling with vet costs. Scooter was on an IV drip Monday and was getting special drops in her eyes. The dog has also had her blood drawn and her chest x-rayed.
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