Family dog trapped in burning home for nearly 1 hour, saved with special equipment

SYMMES TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - A Tuesday morning fire destroyed a half-million dollar home in Symmes Township.

Firefighters got the call around 8:45 a.m. from someone in Warren County who reported seeing flames. They found a home at the end of Brentmore Drive fully engulfed. Officials believe it started on the second floor.

While no one was at home, the family dog was inside.

The homeowner Veronica Fuller says her family had just pulled out of the driveway at 8 a.m. The family states that they got a call just a half hour later that their home was on fire.

She says her first thought was saving their dog, Essee.

"When the owner arrived on scene, he was able to pinpoint exactly where the dog would be hiding. We were able to send a fire crew into that location and, sure enough, we found the dog hiding in the corner," says Deputy Chief Andrew Knapp with the Loveland-Symmes Fire Department.

After an hour of sitting in a smoke and water filled room, Essee made it out alive with her owner there to meet her.

"It's as close to a miracle as we could have got," says Captain Tom Benjamin.

He says it is the first time the department had to use a special oxygen mask made just for dogs and cats to help Essee breathe. It is a piece of equipment donated several years ago by a local animal hospital.

"This is an extraordinary outcome. Typically, somebody with exposure like that, it would not have had a good outcome," says Benjamin.

After a visit to the vet, neighbors say Essee is doing just fine. Her owners say they are thankful to have the most precious part of their home safe and sound.

"It's white coat was covered in soot. He had obviously been in the smoky conditions. He was wet from the firefighters applying water. Actually, it's pretty amazing that the dog survived that long inside that building when you look at the damage to the house and then you look at the dog survived it. To me, that is pretty incredible," says Knapp.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

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