On Monday (June 20th) evening around 5:30pm we responded to a call for flames coming from the second floor of a home in Williamsburg Parish. The family was not home but an alert neighbor heard their smoke alarms going off and upon investigating further saw smoke and flames through a top floor window and called 911. The first units were on scene five minutes later and were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the room of origin.
While Engine 3’s crew was conducting salvage operations, they crew noticed a dog in the home and with a little effort and team work they were able to corral Apollo and bring him outside to be evaluated by our medical staff.
We are very fortunate to have pet specific respirator equipment on our engines thanks to a donation by Invisible Fence who has a generous program to help equip fire departments for animal related emergencies. When the family arrived on scene they were very thankful to see Apollo safe and being cared for by our firefighters and medics.
Firefighters began administering oxygen and, after a complete assessment, Apollo was released to his family who took him to an emergency veterinarian in Katy to be further evaluated.
This is a great story of working smoke alarms improving the outcome of a fire that could have easily burned down a home and cause the loss of a beloved family pet. Fortunately, because this family had working alarms and an attentive neighbor the fire was contained to the room of origin. Although he was a scared by the whole ordeal, being low to the ground below the smoke and because crews arrived and found him so quickly, Apollo will be fine.
If you haven’t checked your smoke alarms this year, please take this opportunity to check your equipment and if you need assistance please call us (281-578-2518) and we would love to assist you.