Despite the best efforts of firefighters, a dog succumbed to his injuries suffered during a house fire in Philadelphia Wednesday morning. The dog’s owner is hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation.
The fire broke out about 3 a.m. inside a home in the 500 block of Geneva Avenue in the city’s Crescentville section.
When firefighters arrived, they encountered heavy smoke and flames billowing from the home. They were able to bring the fire under control a short time later.
Neighbors told NBC10 the homeowner, a man in his 40s, initially left the home through a front bedroom window with one of his dogs. The man, neighbors say, went back into the home to rescue a second dog and came back out.
The homeowner was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center for treatment of burns and smoke inhalation. His condition is unknown.
Several firefighters were able to initially resuscitate one of the dogs by giving him oxygen. Sadly, the dog’s injuries were too severe and he passed away.
The second dog is in the care of the Red Paw Emergency Relief Team.
The cause of the fire remains under investigation.