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February 27. 2014 5:54PM

Cat dies, but dog survives Nashua blaze

NASHUA — Firefighters rescued two pets from a burning building Thursday, and although a cat quickly perished, a dog received life-saving treatment and is expected to pull through.

The fire at 20 Trout Brook Drive — inside Jenson’s Mobile Home Park — broke out around 12:30 p.m. Firefighters arriving at the scene received initial reports that people may have been inside the burning, double-wide mobile home structure, however those accounts were not accurate, said fire officials.

Deputy Fire Chief Michael O’Brien Sr. said no one was inside the residence, but firefighters did rescue a cat and a dog from the building.

“Unfortunately, the cat did not make it,” said O’Brien, adding the dog was revived by paramedics on the scene.

A beagle-mix dog about 8 years old was handed over to American Medical Response personnel after being rescued from the blaze, according to Chris Stawasz, general manager at AMR in Nashua.

“He was pretty much unresponsive when he was brought to the ambulance crew. They gave him oxygen, and he appeared to have some fluid in his lungs so they helped him breathe,” said Stawasz. “He came right around in about 15 minutes.”

The dog was then taken to Animal Hospital of Nashua for further treatment, he said.

The mobile home sustained significant damage from the fire, according to O’Brien, who said investigators are still trying to determine where the fire started and the cause of the blaze.

“At this time we don’t deem it to be suspicious,” said O’Brien.

The home is owned by Douglas Veino, who is receiving assistance from the American Red Cross in Nashua. The residence is currently uninhabitable, according to O’Brien.

Fires within mobile home structures typically spread quickly, and this was no exception, O’Brien said, explaining it didn’t take long for the blaze to travel into the walls.

Although a nearby fire hydrant was shoveled out and easily accessible, O’Brien said there was quite a distance between the home and the available hydrants. The freezing temperatures did create a challenge, as ice and heavy snowbanks were difficult to maneuver, said the deputy.

“The cause of the fire is still under investigation by the Nashua fire marshal,” he said.


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