SLC firefighters use K-9 oxygen mask to save dog

SLC firefighters use K-9 oxygen mask to save dog

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- The Salt Lake City Fire Department saved a dog that had fallen unconscious during a house fire by giving it oxygen through a special K-9 mask.

The fire department responded to a fire Wednesday night to find heavy smoke and flames visible from the front of the home. The flames were under control in five minutes.

A crew entered the home through the back and a dog ran out when they opened the door. The crew searched the home for anyone inside and found a black dog unconscious in a bath tub. The crew rescued the dog and gave it oxygen.

The furry pup -- identified by the Deseret News in Salt Lake City as a lab named Koa -- regained consciousness and was transported to a local veterinary hospital.

No one else was home at the time of the fire. Investigators determined it was caused accidentally by a floor heater.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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