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Chesterfield firefighters rescued two dogs, two cats and five pet rats during two separate house fires Tuesday morning. No humans were injured, said Lt. Jason Elmore of the Chesterfield County Department of Fire and EMS.Chesterfield County Department of Fire and EMSChesterfield County Department of Fire and EMS

In the first incident, Fire and EMS responded to a home in the 6300 block of Dorius Drive and found heavy smoke coming from the side and the rear of the house. Firefighters entered the house and pulled a dog, two cats and five rats to safety, treating the pets at the scene before transporting the animals to a veterinarian. Two other cats are still unaccounted for, and another cat was found deceased inside the house, Elmore said. It took fire crews about 35 minutes to bring the fire under control.

The county fire marshal said the fire appears to have started in the kitchen, but the exact cause is still under investigation.

Chesterfield County Department of Fire and EMSChesterfield County Department of Fire and EMSFirefighters also responded at 10:52 a.m. to a house fire in the 15700 block of North Rhodes Lane, where heavy smoke was billowing from all sides of the home. The homeowner told a police officer at the scene that three dogs were still in the house. The officer was able to pull two of the dogs out of the house, Elmore said. Both dogs died of smoke inhalation, however.

Fire crews were able to rescue a third dog from the house, administer oxygen to the animal through an oxygen mask, and then transport the animal to a veterinarian.Chesterfield County Department of Fire and EMSChesterfield County Department of Fire and EMS

Firefighters needed about 90 minutes to bring the fire under control. The county fire marshal determined a malfunctioning electrical panel in the utility room started the fire.  

Article source: http://www.chesterfieldobserver.com/news/2017-06-21/Front_Page/Firefighters_rescue_dogs_cats_and_rats_from_two_ho.html

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