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Firefighters save dog with oxygen

Firefighters revived a family’s dog on Wednesday after fire broke out at their home in the Pasadena Park area north of Millwood.

The dog was discovered by firefighters in the basement near a smoky fire that started in a furnace room at 4123 N. Maringo Dr. about 6 p.m.

Firefighters carried the unresponsive Labrador out of the basement to the yard, where it was fitted with a pet mask hooked to an oxygen tank. After a few minutes, the dog began responding to its owners, said Deputy Fire Marshal Bill Clifford of Spokane Valley Fire Department.

The pet masks are carried on fire units and are designed to fit over a dog’s snout, Clifford said.

The dog was taken to a pet emergency clinic and placed in an oxygen tent throughout the night before being released back to the family, he said.

Besides the pet, no one was injured in the fire, which was under investigation. Red Cross was called to help the family of two adults and two children who were displaced by the fire.