CLEARWATER — One puppy died Wednesday morning and another dog was revived with oxygen after a fire broke out in a duplex, fire officials said.
The fire was reported just after 7 a.m. at 517 Saturn Ave. N by nearby construction workers, said Clearwater fire division chief Steve Strong.
Seven pit bulls — two adults and five puppies about 7 weeks old — were inside the home when the fire erupted in a bedroom, officials said.
One puppy was dead and the others had minor injuries. The adult male dog was unharmed, but the female was unconscious and close to death. Firefighters resuscitated her using special pet oxygen equipment carried on fire trucks, but she will require further treatment, said Clearwater spokeswoman Joelle Castelli. All of the dogs were being cared for by the SPCA on Wednesday.
The cause of the fire remained under investigation Wednesday. Firefighters had not been able to locate the owner. The inside of the house was seriously damaged.
Neighbor Javier Huapilla, 23, said he often heard the dogs barking in the morning. Wednesday morning, he heard a knock on the door, and firefighters told them to wake up. Then he saw the flames shooting out of his neighbor's windows.