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Two Small Dogs Saved from Carmichael House Fire

CARMICHAEL -- Firefighters rescued and revived two small dogs after a fire damaged a house in Carmichael Wednesday.

“We received a report of a house fire at about 5:45 (Wednesday) and when we arrived we found heavy fire conditions,” said Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District spokesman Chris Vestal. "Once we did our 360-degree lap, that means we walk around all sides of the building, we found power lines down, which were, ultimately, the cause of the fire.”

Vestal was with the fire crews on the scene capturing firefighters on camera as they worked to put out the fire.

"After we were done suppressing the fire, putting the fire out and searching the building, we found one dog," he explained.

Vestal can be seen on camera along with other firefighters carrying that dog, named Cocoa, out of the home to safety.

They then put an oxygen mask over the dog’s snout and nursed it back to health.

"The masks that were donated are specifically designed to go over the muzzle of an animal, specifically a dog or a cat,” Vestal said.

Vestal told FOX40 a neighbor nearby immediately alerted fire crews that there was still one other dog inside the home.

"So, we walked back into the building and searched the building again and then that’s when we found Kiwi, the little white dog," Vestal said.

While the two lucky dogs were safely reunited with their owner, Vestal said it was just another day for firefighters doing their best to save lives.

“When we are able to save any life, whether it’s a human or a dog, reunite people with their animals who are still their loved ones, and give them that sense of continuity, of some kind of normalcy after they lose their home and all their possessions, that's good for us."

FOX40 was told the two dogs are expected to be OK.

Two residents were displaced by the fire.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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