Three dogs saved from Murray house fire Tuesday


Web Editor - Mason Stevenson

MURRAY, Ky. - A house fire is bad enough but for one homeowner, it could have been much worse.

Firefighters were called to the scene of a house fire on Dotson Road in Murray around 1 p.m. Monday afternoon.  When they arrived, a neighbor told them no one was inside, but the homeowner did have three dogs.

Firefighters went into the home, and found all three dogs and carried them outside.

When they got outside, one of the dogs, named Whiskey, was unresponsive.

So Fire Captain Brian Mills began performing CPR on the dog.

After 15 to 20 minutes, and two bottles of air, the dog came around and was brought to a local animal hospital.
One firefighter said it was the first time he could remember performing CPR on an animal.

"We just kind of did the same approaches as we would on a human being and it worked today. Like I said, there's a first time for everything but it worked out," firefighter Steven Lax said.

The Fire Marshal says the fire started in the living room, but they're not yet sure how.

As for Whiskey, he is up moving around and drinking water.  In fact, Whiskey started getting a bit hyper, so a vet gave the dog a sedative to give the animal more time to heal.

Earlier story:

MURRAY, Ky. - Firefighters saved three dogs from a burning house in western Kentucky Tuesday.

Murray firefighters rushed to the Dodson Street home just after one in the afternoon.  When they arrived, they found smoke billowing from the eaves.

Someone told firefighters three dogs were still inside the home.  Once they got in the house, firefighters found two dogs right away but had to search for the third.

They found it not breathing.  When firefighters got the dog outside, one of the firemen performed CPR.  The dog's heart started beating again.  They took it to a veterinarian.

Local 6 learned later the dog is doing well.

The house, however, suffered heavy smoke damage.

The renter, Lauren Feranec, was not home at the time of the fire.  Feranec is staying with friends.