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Riverside firefighters save family dog after garage fire breaks out at home

By in Press Enterprise on December 23, 2017

By Beatriz E. Valenzuela

A family’s pet is still alive after firefighters pulled the dog from a smokey bedroom when a fire broke out at a Riverside home early Saturday morning, Dec. 23, officials said.

While searching for people in the home, firefighters found the dog inside one of the bedrooms at the home in the 11600 block of Hartford Court, where officials say the pet had become overcome by smoke.

Rescuers pulled the pet from the house and gave the dog oxygen, according to a Riverside Fire Department press release. Friends of the dog’s owners then took the animal a 24-hour emergency animal hospital in Riverside. The dog was released a short time later and reunited with its owners back at the home, officials said.

The garage fire was first reported just before 1 a.m., according to officials. Firefighters arrived to find the garage engulfed in flames. It took firefighters about 20 minutes to knock down the flames.

A couple who lived in the home were not allowed to return as fire had made the home uninhabitable, officials said. They said the pair would be staying with family.

Authorities estimate the fire caused about $150,000 in damages.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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