City fire crews rescue mom, kids, puppies

Published: May 22, 2007 | 6228th good news item since 2003

Rochester firefighters rescued a mother, two children, two dogs and seven puppies in two fires early Friday.

The first fire, at 21 Reed Park, was called in shortly after 3 a.m. When firefighters arrived, the front porch was engulfed in flames.

The occupant of the home was already outside, but firefighters found and rescued two adult pit bulls and seven puppies, said Battalion Chief Richard Yackel.

One of the 1-week-old puppies was not breathing when firefighters brought it out of the house, but paramedic Sarah Andzic gave it CPR and worked with it until it was breathing again, said John Halldow, public information officer for Rural/Metro Medical Services.

The second fire, on nearby Weld Street, was called in about a half-hour later, and also started on the front porch.

The fire reportedly blocked the second-floor stairway, trapping the family inside.

The mother and two school-aged children were rescued by ladder from the back of the house, said Deputy Chief Bill Curran.

The three were taken to Strong Memorial Hospital; the children with possible smoke inhalation, the mother reportedly with a deep cut in her wrist from broken glass.

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