Fire damages Santa Rosa home, traps dog

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A 4-year-old husky named Yuri started a kitchen fire that nearly killed him and damaged the family home Tuesday in west Santa Rosa, fire officials said.

Firefighters found the dog unconscious from smoke inhalation and had to resuscitate it with a canine breathing mask. Yuri likely knocked on a gas stove knob when jumping up with its front paws, possibly to get some food, fire officials said.

When William and Donna Taylor and their teen son arrived home at 3:40 p.m., they found their two-story Lodi Street house full of smoke. Both adults tried to go into the home to get their dog but had to turn back due to the thick smoke, Santa Rosa Fire Capt. Steve Suter said.

SANTA ROSA (BCN) Firefighters rescued and resuscitated a dog from a house fire in Santa Rosa on Tuesday afternoon, fire officials said. The fire was reported at 1012 Lodi St. at 3:38 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found smoke coming from the front door and the residents outside. The residents told firefighters that they came home and found the house full of smoke. They said their dog was inside and they had tried to get inside and find it, but the smoke and heat were too intense. Firefighters pulled hose lines into the house, attacked the fire from the inside, and found the dog. The dog was unconscious when the firefighters pulled it from the house, but firefighters resuscitated it and took it to a vet for treatment. The fire was burning in the walls, below the floor and in the crawlspace, so firefighters had to cut open the floor to put the fire out. It took about 30 minutes to get the fire under control. There was extensive smoke and heat damage to the home, estimated to cost about $100,000. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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