Structure Fire with Animal Rescue


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March 22, 2017

Captain Patrick Nulty, PIO
Santa Monica Fire Department

Press Release

On the afternoon of Tuesday March 21st at 4:05 pm, the Santa Monica Fire Department began receiving
multiple 911 calls for a report of a structure fire at 1857 7th Street in the City of Santa Monica.
The first Fire Department Engine Company arrived on scene at 4:10 pm, 4 minutes and 45 seconds after
the initial 911 call, and found a 1 story apartment building, with a rapidly growing fire in one apartment unit.

Engine Company Firefighters quickly performed an aggressive interior fire attack, while Truck Company
Firefighters placed ladders and ascended to the roof to cut a ventilation opening to allow for the release of
superheated smoke and fire gasses. Efforts were successful in confining the fire to the kitchen and storage
room area of the apartment, and preventing further fire extension and property damage to adjacent units.

During the fire fight, Firefighters searching the interior for victims discovered an unresponsive dog that was
overcome by heat and smoke. The dog was quickly pulled from the structure not breathing and without a pulse.
Firefighters performed “CPR” and provided oxygen through our “Pet Oxygen Masks”, a standard piece of
equipment that all Santa Monica Fire Department units carry. After 20 minutes, the dog began breathing on
its own and regained consciousness, even regaining the ability to walk around. With the help of caring neighbors,
a local animal hospital was found and the pet was transferred for further care.

23 Firefighters brought the blaze under control in 10 minutes. No injuries to civilians or firefighters were reported.
The Santa Monica Chapter of the Red Cross assisted with one displaced occupant. Santa Monica Fire Department
Investigators are currently working to determine the cause.

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Photos Courtesy of

Billy Fernando





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