Dog Rescued by Firefighters from a house fire. The dog rescue was all caught on camera. Sadly the other family dog died.
The rescue was undertaken by the 49 Francis St. Totowa NJ Fire Department, Totowa First Aid Squad and mutual aid companies.
Firefighters battled a blaze at a multifamily house, rescuing a yellow Labrador retriever from the second floor of the home. But another pet, a 6-month-old shih tzu named Luke, perished in the fire, devastating its owners.
Watch the amazing rescue unfold
The Totowa fire crew were assisted by the Little Falls, Woodland Park and Wayne fire departments at the scene.
Fire billowed from a second storey window
The fire appeared to be under control, but then flames flared up through the roof again, and firefighters were ordered off the structure.
No one was home at the time of the fire, Totowa Fire Marshal Allen Del Vecchio said, and no injuries to firefighters were reported.
The Labrador retriever, owned by an unidentified tenant, was saved when firefighters got on a ladder and pulled it out of a second-floor window. Totowa firefighters gave the dog oxygen before it was taken to a veterinarian for treatment. It remained at the vet for a few days and has since recovered from the ordeal.
Firefighters searched for a second dog, the shih tzu owned by the Valencia family, the house’s first-floor tenant. The firefighters asked the Valencias where the dog might hide, but when the pet was found it was too late,Luke was dead.
Carmen Valencia collapsed and had to be give oxygen when she arrived and saw the multifamily home where she lived with her family spewing smoke.
Then Carmen and her husband, Julio, 49, both broke down . when they were told that their pet had been found dead. The couple was then surrounded and consoled by their relatives and local police.
Before Luke’s body was discovered, Julio Valencia said he had been at a soccer game when he got a call at about 3 p.m. that his house was on fire. His wife, who was at another soccer match with their older son, was also called and arrived at the scene after him.
“My wife is freaking out,” Julio said, adding that she worried about their dog as she drove back to their dwelling.
The family had only had the shih tzu for a short time, he said.