Sac Metro firefighters used a specially designed oxygen mask Friday morning to save the life of a dog overcome by smoke from fire in an Orangevale home.
The dog is said to be doing well.
The fire, first noticed by a neighbor, was reported at a house in the 9400 block of Bullion Way just after 2 a.m. Friday. Crews put out the fire, which is under investigation.
The fire, which apparently began in the garage, also damaged two cars and a neighboring house that suffered eave and attic damage.
Occupants of both homes escaped safely, but firefighters began a search when they learned the family dog was missing from the house where the fire started.
The dog was found, but she was unresponsive, and crews began life-saving care using equipment from a pet mask kit.
Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District received 78 of the kits in June. Each includes oxygen masks, which come in three sizes, tubing to hook them up to oxygen tanks, and a leash.
Before Sac Metro received the kits, rescuers had tried to use human oxygen masks to help animals caught in fires.
The new masks, which primarily will protect cats and dogs, were donated by a national distributor, Invisible Fence Brand, under its Project Breathe program.
The pet oxygen masks are credited with saving 90 pets’ lives in the last three years. Project Breathe has donated 10,000 masks in the United States and Canada.
The crew from Sac Metro’s Medic 32 transported the dog to a veterinary hospital. On arrival, she was alert and standing on her own, a Sac Metro press release states.