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Dog Dies in North Wheeling Fire

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Wheeling Fire Department Chief Jim Blazier and Assistant Chief Jim Francis look inside a window at fire damage inside 442 Main St., Wheeling, where a fire occurred Friday afternoon.

WHEELING – A structure fire in North Wheeling killed at least one pet dog Friday afternoon.

Wheeling Fire Department Chief Jim Blazier said no one was home at the time of the blaze, but three dogs were inside the home, located at 442 Main St.

Firefighters were able to revive one dog, while another could not be saved. A third dog was still missing at the scene. No people were injured in the fire.

Blazier said the fire started in the kitchen area of the home, but what started the fire was still being determined. Firefighters were able to knock down the flame quickly, he added.

The fire department was able to revive one of the dogs using oxygen. The department has an oxygen mask that is specially made to fit pets.

photo by: Photo by Shelley Hanson

Wheeling Fire Department Chief Jim Blazier, left, gets information at the scene of a structure fire in North Wheeling from Assistant Chief Jim Francis on Friday.

“During the last four to five months we’ve needed to rescue six to seven dogs at fires,” Blazier said.

A man and a woman at the scene of the fire were visibly upset about the fire and what happened to the dogs. Also, near the beginning of the response, a tanker truck tried to drive through the fire scene area, forcing Assistant Chief Jim Francis to yell at the driver to back up. The driver did eventually back up.

Traffic was backed up on Main Street for several blocks during the response.

Wheeling Fire Department firefighters drink water after battling a kitchen fire at this 442 Main St. house in North Wheeling on Friday afternoon.

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