Manchester firefighters revive dog rescued in early morning blaze
MANCHESTER – Firefighters revived a dog they found inside a burning Goffstown Road home Wednesday morning, then rushed the canine by AMR ambulance to Veterinary Emergency Center of Manchester for treatment.
District Chief Michael Gamache said the medium-size dog was breathing on its own but "is not out of the woods yet."
No one was home at the ranch home at 161 Goffstown Road when a fire broke out about 5:15 a.m. A passerby on the way to work noticed the flames and called 911, Gamache said.
When fire crews arrived from the Amory Street station, flames were coming out several windows and the fire was spreading to the exterior of the house. Firefighters searched the burning home and found the dog covered in soot and not breathing.
They brought the animal outside and another fire crew used a pet oxygen mask and manual stimulation to bring it back to life, Gamache said.
Gamache said the dog suffered from smoke inhalation, but it had no burns. He said Wagnpetsafety Enterrprises donated the medical pet oxygen masks to the fire department.
Fire officials are trying to locate the owner of the property, listed as Stephan A. Tambouris. The blaze, which caused an estimated $75,000 in damage, remains under investigation although Gamache said officials are leaning toward an electrical problem as its cause.
Earlier in the morning, firefighters extinguished another blaze on Somerville Street A third-floor tenant of 842 Somerville St., a six-family apartment building, called 911 at 1:08 a.m. after smelling smoke.
Gamache said an entire second-floor bedroom was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived, but they extinguished the fire in about 10 minutes. The building was evacuated, but the five families living in the unaffected apartments were later allowed to return home.
He said no one was home in the second-floor apartment when the fire broke out. The tenant, he said, reportedly left about 20 minutes earlier.
Gamache said investigators need to speak with the woman who lived in the apartment before a cause can be determined.
The building is owned by Linda Vachon, according to the city’s online appraisal database. Gamache estimated damage at $7,500.
The building is owned by Linda Vachon, according to the city's online appraisal database. Gamache estimated damage at $7,500.