Video recently captured a firefighter using an oxygen mask to help a dog who was trapped inside a burning apartment in Palmdale, according to Los Angeles County Fire Department officials.
An oven fire at a home in the 38000 block of 11th Street East (map) was reported to firefighters around 5:17 p.m. Thursday, Inspector Chris Reade said.
Firefighters arrived at the scene about six minutes later and found a small dog inside the single burning apartment unit.
Although the pup was awake, its fur was covered in soot so one of the responding firefighters placed an oxygen mask over its snout.
“We try to encourage the use of the oxygen masks just in case. It’s just so hard with pets since they can’t tell us what’s going on,” Reade said.
The masks were donated to the department by a civilian who wanted to encourage rescuers to assist animals in need.
Animal control was called to the scene, and after the dog was inspected it was returned to its owners the same night.
The fire was contained to one unit and the extent of the damage was not yet known.
Although the incident was originally reported to be an oven fire, the cause was still being investigated, Reade said.
No humans were injured during the fire.