A dog died in a fire that broke out early this morning at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.
The dog was a patient receiving treatment in an enclosure in the intensive care unit, according to a university news release.
The campus fire department responded to a call for assistance about 7 a.m. When they arrived, firefighters found that hospital personnel had already put out the fire using extinguishers.
Hospital personnel on duty in the ICU told firefighters that they heard a pop near the enclosure and immediately removed the dog. The animal was pronounced dead at the scene.
Three staff members were treated for minor injuries.
“We are heartsick over the loss of this dog and extend our deepest sympathies to the client family,” Jane Sykes, a veterinarian and director of the hospital’s Small Animal Clinic, said in a written statement. “Hospital personnel are assisting the campus fire marshal in investigating the cause of this tragic fire.”