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.
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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.”