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Firefighters rescue Labrador from burning Lutz home

Firefighters rescued a black Labrador from a burning home in a rural area of Lutz early Wednesday morning but could not save the home.

No one was injured.

Firefighters found the dog unconscious after arriving at the one-story home at 5341 Taylor Road just after 5 a.m., said Hillsborough County Fire Rescue spokesman Ray Yeakley. They carried him outside and revived him.

"We have these masks designed for dogs so we can start doing resuscitative action," Yeakley said. "We put him on oxygen. Then all of a sudden the dog started coming around."

Yeakley said that at least three people were home and another family was visiting.

A neighbor said the dog's name is Star and that a woman, man and three children live at the house.

The home was gutted, Yeakley said. The cause is unclear.

Because the home is in a rural area away from hydrants, Fire Rescue had to bring its own water. A fire truck holds about 750 gallons of water, and each tanker holds about 3,500 gallons, Yeakley said.

Firefighters rescue Labrador from burning Lutz home 07/15/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, July 15, 2009 10:27pm]
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