By Herald-Standard – Photo by Roberto M. Esquivel
It was a good save,” Uniontown Fire Department Lt. Scott Conn said about the department’s actions to prevent a fire in the basement of a home at 49 E. Kerr St. from spreading to the rest of the home Thursday evening.
Firefighters made another save that made them feel good and relieved the homeowners. They saved one of the owners’ two cats, using one of the department’s new pet oxygen masks.
“We used one of the new pet oxygen masks to give the cat oxygen”, Conn said.
He said it was unfortunate that the second cat didn’t survive the fire, but the owners’ two dogs managed to find their own ways out of the house.
The fire was reported at 5:22 p.m. City police and Fayette EMS also responded to the blaze. The Red Cross was called to assist the residents. The state police fire marshals were called to determine the cause. No one was injured in the fire.
Westmoreland County’s animal rescue team recently trained city firefighters how to use the pet masks, Conn said. The amount of oxygen the masks produce has to adjusted for different sizes of pets.
“Today they came in handy. It was great to be able to do that. We have a soft spot for animals,” Conn said.