Firefighters treat dog for smoke inhalation in Federal Heights

FEDERAL HEIGHTS, Colo. - Firefighters rescued a dog during an apartment fire in Federal Heights Thursday.

Firefighters were called to 1372 W. 84th Avenue around 8 a.m. after a passerby saw smoke coming from an apartment, according to Federal Heights Fire Chief Sean Ellis.

Ellis said when firefighters from Federal Heights, Thornton and Adams County arrived, they went into the apartment and one dog ran out. While firefighters were fighting the kitchen fire, they found a second dog that was unresponsive and rescued her.

Firefighters treated the chocolate Labrador with oxygen.

"She started coming around, breathing on her own and wagging her tail," said Federal Heights Fire Capt. Ernie Rodriguez.

"We carry specialized oxygen masks for animals," Ellis said.

Animal control took the dog to a nearby animal hospital for treatment.

"Animal control said she was doing better on the way over," Ellis said.

The fire damage was contained to one apartment.

Investigators are still trying to determine the cause of fire.

The dog's owner was not home when the fire started.

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