Dog, cat safely removed from burning mobile home

Superstition Fire and Medical District and the Mesa Fire and Medical Department at an April 1 home fire at 3700 S. Ironwood Road. (SFMD)

Firefighters saved a dog and a cat from a mobile home fire April 1, with the feline being treated for smoke exposure, Superstition Fire and Medical District said.

SFMD and the Mesa Fire and Medical Department were dispatched just after noon to a home fire at 3700 S. Ironwood Road, Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Richard Ochs, SFMD public information officer, said.

The first unit arrived in four minutes to find a double-wide mobile home with smoke showing, he said.

Superstition Fire and Medical District Assistant Chief/Fire Marshal Richard Ochs

“Firefighters were able to control the blaze in just a few minutes and contain it to the room of origin. The homeowners were away at the time of the fire,” Assistant Chief Ochs said

“However, two pets — one dog and one cat — were removed from the home by firefighters. The dog presented as unharmed, but the cat appeared to have a significant smoke exposure.”

The cat being treated at the side of the mobile home fire April 1. (SFMD)

Firefighters used a Fido mask to provide a high-concentration of oxygen to the cat, he said.

“The cat tolerated this procedure for an extended amount of time, indicating that it was experiencing some effects of the smoke exposure. The animal improved greatly following the treatment and did not appear to have any other injuries,” Assistant Chief Ochs said.

The fire was contained to the kitchen area of the home with some smoke damage spreading to adjacent rooms. The initial investigation of the fire revealed that it had started in the kitchen area, however an active investigation is still ongoing, SFMD said.

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